Van Hollen: Democrats see chance in Texas

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Thurs­day that Texas is on the Democrats’ radar for a pos­si­ble Se­nate seat.

A new poll out Wed­nes­day showed in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Sen. Ted Cruz trail­ing Demo­cratic Rep. Joaquin Cas­tro. Mr. Cas­tro is re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing a 2018 Se­nate run.

Mr. Van Hollen, who is chair­man of the Se­nate Democrats’ campaign arm, said on MSNBC’s “Morn­ing Joe” that the main fo­cus for his party in 2018 is to “hold the blue line” but added “we are look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties” across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Texas.

“I will tell you Ted Cruz is one per­son that en­er­gizes a lot of Democrats as well as in­de­pen­dents,” said Mr. Van Hollen, Mary­land Demo­crat.

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