Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) said Sunday that he doesn’t want anyone from the national Democratic Party coming into Texas to boost his candidacy against 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 (R-Texas).

“I’m not distancing myself. But I don’t want anyone coming in from the outside. I want the people of Texas to decide this on, on their own terms,” O’Rourke said on “60 Minutes” in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

Former President Obama, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Oprah Winfrey are among the big names who have hit the campaign trail in support of Democratic gubernatorial and Senate candidates in the closing weeks of the midterm campaign. 

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Those individuals have not made their way to Texas to stump for O’Rourke, who is aiming to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the traditionally Republican state. The race has attracted national attention, though O’Rourke has consistently trailed in polls by single digits over the last several weeks.

The national GOP has mobilized to aid Cruz in his campaign, with President Trump hosting a campaign rally for the senator last month in Houston.

O’Rourke chalked up the national interest to his campaign’s decision to turn down political action committee and special interest money, and to travel to all 254 Texas counties before the election.

“At this really divided moment, everybody, knowing that they’re invited to be part of this,” O’Rourke said, explaining the national fascination with the race. “And the fact that some of your stereotypes about what you think Texas is, aren’t necessarily true.”

The RealClearPolitics polling index shows Cruz with a 6.5 percentage point lead in the race.

In Texas, more than 4.5 million people cast in-person ballots in this year’s early voting period, and more than 360,000 people have cast mail-in ballots in 30 counties alone.

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