Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE’s (R-Texas) former campaign spokesman said that it’s “possible” for Cruz to lose his reelection bid to Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

Rick Tyler, who served as Cruz’s former communications director during his 2016 presidential run, appeared on MSNBC Sunday and admitted that Cruz could lose in the red state. 

“As the former Cruz strategist, it does seem as though the signs are that Ted Cruz might actually lose this race?” MSNBC host Kasie Hunt asked.

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Tyler said that even in a predominately Republican state, O’Rourke is posing a real challenge for the senator.

“It’s possible — people say no, it’s not possible because again you look at Texas and say ‘it’s a red state and it’s never going to happen’ but Beto O’Rourke has consistently out-fundraised him 2-to-1, and he doesn’t take PAC money,” Tyler said.

Tyler said that O’Rourke is running an “interesting campaign that has grabbed national attention.”

A poll from late August found that Cruz is in a statistical tie with O’Rourke — with Cruz just 1 point ahead in the Senate race.

“It should be a 10- to 15-point race, it’s not, it’s a zero to 4-point race,” Tyler said on Sunday.

Tyler’s comments came one day after White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump names new acting director of legislative affairs 12 things to know today about coronavirus Mulvaney: ‘We’ve overreacted a little bit’ to coronavirus MORE told Republicans at a closed-door meeting that it was a “possibility” that Cruz could lose.

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