Why this Democrat thinks Ted Cruz should be very worried about a former NFL linebacker in 2024

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If the adage that “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” is true, then the 2024 U.S. Senate election is shaping up in recent days to prove it. Lone Star Democrats recently scored a dream candidate in Congressman Colin Allred (D-TX), who announced he was taking on two-term incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2024. 

If you were scientist in a lab tasked with creating the perfect state-wide candidate for Team Blue, you couldn’t come up with someone as well suited for this race as Allred, a fourth-generation Texan, father of two, former NFL and star Baylor University linebacker, UC Berkeley trained attorney and a voting rights advocate and litigator. In 2018, he defeated an entrenched and well-financed Republican Member of Congress by seven percentage points in a huge upset in a critical suburban Dallas district.

Perhaps more than any other red state, Texas has been the Democrat Party’s White Whale. And like Captain Ahab, progressives continually get their hopes up with inspiring top-of-the-ticket candidates like Wendy Davis and Beto O’Rourke, only to have those hopes dashed in an instant come Election Day. O’Rourke came painfully close four years ago in his race against Cruz, losing to

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