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Ted Cruz Thinks He’s Going To Beat Beto O’Rourke. The Voters Agree. (HBO)

Columbus, Texas — Senator Ted Cruz is not assuming anything in his campaign for re-election. He’s a popular politician in a state that hasn’t sent a Democrat to the senate in 25 years. But polls show him in a surprisingly tight race with the young, telegenic upstart Beto O’Rourke, who’s captivated liberal crowds in Texas, and celebrity endorsements across the nation.

That’s why Cruz was here on Saturday, at an intimate gathering in a deep red town halfway between Houston and San Antonio: to rally the faithful back to his cause.

“The danger is that the economy is booming, people are focused on their jobs and their kids, going to church, going to the ballgame, and they just don’t make it out to vote,” Cruz told the crowd. “Our danger is complacency.”

Cruz leads O’Rourke by 4 percentage points, according to the Real Clear Politics average. But he faces more than just the familiar incumbents’ paradox that when things are good, parties in power have a hard time mobilizing voters.

The bigger worry is voter overconfidence. According to internal Republican National Committee data reported by Axios, the Republican faithful are unusually immune to reports showing that Democratic candidates are on the rise. One recent RNC survey found that 57% of strong Trump supporters don’t believe that Democrats will retake the House.

“To me, the polls that we’re seeing right now are eerily similar to the Trump-Clinton polls that we saw going up to the election,” said Tom Kelley, the GOP chair for Colorado County, at Cruz’s stop in Columbus. “It’s all hype and hyperbole.”

That’s why Cruz can’t simply ignore the huge crowds being drawn out by his opponent.

“We’re going to win this race,” Cruz told VICE News. “I feel very good about where we are. But the reason we’re going to win it is we’re not taking anything for granted. It is clear there are a lot of folks on the far left who are really angry and that anger — it’s a motivator. It is bringing dollars, it’s bringing passion, it’s bringing energy. And we have to take it seriously.”

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What Is The Future Of Evangelicalism? | VICE on HBO (Bonus)

White evangelicals comprise a third of all Republican voters and are among the GOP’s most organized voting blocs. But wide support for Donald Trump in 2016, against a backdrop of scandals, has brought heavy media scrutiny and now some faith leaders are striving to move evangelicalism away from political associations. Gianna Toboni travels to the Bible Belt to see how evangelicals are navigating today’s volatile political environment.

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GOP lawmakers dodge Trump’s Puerto Rico tweets

(13 Sep 2018) Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill tried to distance themselves from President Donald Trump’s tweets that rejected the conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria. (Sept. 13)

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American Piety & Terror In Congo (Trailer) | VICE on HBO

This week on VICE on HBO, we’re looking at Trump’s evangelical base in American and the crisis in the Congo.

White evangelicals comprise a third of all Republican voters and are among the GOP’s most organized voting blocs. But wide support for Donald Trump in 2016, against a backdrop of scandals, has brought heavy media scrutiny and now some faith leaders are striving to move evangelicalism away from political associations. Gianna Toboni travels to the Bible Belt to see how evangelicals are navigating today’s volatile political environment.

Then — Conflict in Eastern Congo has killed as many as six million people, more than any war since WWII. Yet this conflict remains among the most underreported crises in the world. Ben Anderson reports on the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces), one of the least known, but most violent groups in the world.

See it at 7:30 PM and 11 PM EDT on HBO.

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Fla winners: Liberal & Trump-backed candidate

(29 Aug 2018) A liberal Florida Democrat pulled off an upset victory in the state’s primary for governor while President Trump’s favored candidate cruised to victory for the GOP. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum will face congressman Ron DeSantis in November. (Aug. 29)

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GOP slows push to name DC building after McCain

(28 Aug 2018) A proposal to rename the Russell Senate office building for John McCain has received bipartisan support, but the effort appeared to slow as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will form a bipartisan panel to solicit ideas. (Aug. 28)

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Latino Arab-American hopes to flip GOP district

(23 Aug 2018) Democratic congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar, a 29-year-old Latino Arab-American, is looking to flip Southern California’s most Republican district and unseat Rep. Duncan Hunter who was indicted on corruption allegations. (Aug. 23)

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GOP, and Some Dems, Reject Calls for Impeachment

(22 Aug 2018) Republicans rejected talk of impeachment after Michael Cohen’s guilty pea implicated President Donald Trump in a crime. Democrats steered clear of the word, too, and zeroed in instead on what they called corruption engulfing the White House. (Aug. 22)

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Kansas Governor Concedes Republican Primary

(15 Aug 2018) Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach. He conceded in the state’s GOP primary a week after voting ended. Kobach had President Trump’s endorsement. (Aug. 15)

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