Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) is up for reelection in November, and both his Republican base and his Republican colleagues have shown their support for the Senator’s reelection. His opponent, MJ Hegar (D), however, is facing difficulty in uniting members of her party to support her candidacy after her Democratic rival, Texas State Sen. Royce West told the Austin American-Statesman that he did not plan on voting on Hegar in the November election.
West called Hegar “crazy,” saying that she will have a difficult time rallying support from the African-American community.
Specifically, West explained that “she’s had a problem all along with Black folks, I mean realistically, a real problem.” “She has never reached out and it is what it is with her and I’m not voting for her; I’m not voting in that race,” West asserted.
In the statement, Amanda Sherman, Hegar’s spokeswoman, expressed that “MJ respects Sen. West,” adding that “they went through a spirited race and sometimes that leaves hard feelings.” Sherman noted that “MJ is working hard everyday to earn the vote of every Texan, and in the U.S. Senate she will work hand-in-hand with Sen. West to advance the shared values and solve problems for Texas families.”
In the July runoff, Hegar defeated West by 4 points, and the race took a turn when Hegar accused West of enriching himself while in office while also questioning his loyalty to the Democratic party. In contrast, West himself accused Hegar of having voted for Senator Cornyn in 2011.
In turn, the continued rivalry between the two is seen by political strategists as damaging to the Hegar campaign, which could drive support away from the Democratic hopeful at a time when Democrats are actively trying to gain support to turn Texas blue.