Ted Cruz sounds off warnings GOP could lose Texas in 2020: People 'hate the president'

"Texas is a battleground," Cruz said at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.

He thinks President Trump and Senator John Cornyn both seeking re-election in 2020 will face a huge battle in much the same way he did in 2018, when he won by only 3 points against Beto O'Rourke.

"But both will have a serious race in the state of Texas," Cruz said.

"The Texas election in 2018 is powerful foreshadowing for what to expect across the country in 2020," Cruz said. "Nationally, we will see record-setting — in fact, record-shattering — turnout in 2020 — because the far left is pissed off.

"They hate the president," he continued, "and that's a powerful motivator."

"If the left shows up in massive numbers and everybody else doesn't, that's how we end up with an incredibly damaging election," he said, adding that "if we lose Texas, it's game over" for winning the White House.

We think Cruz is right on this. Nobody expected Trump to win the first time around and it likely decreased turnout from people who thought Hillary Clinton would sail to an easy victory. This time around, people will not be under the same illusions.

But - the Republican Party cannot afford to lose Texas under any circumstances. Once Texas starts making itself up for grabs for Democrats, you can pretty much kiss the GOP goodbye. There is virtually no scenario they can take over Washington without the state.

Texas Democratic Party official Manny Garcia says the lone star state is going to surprise everyone in 2020:

“Texas is the biggest battleground state in the country,” “We are dramatically changing, we’re changing quite rapidly.”

Garcia says an estimated 1.8 million Texas registered to vote, a majority of whom are women and people of color since 2014.

“To put that number into perspective, that’s like the entire voting age population of New Mexico,” he said. "We're just nine seats away from winning back the Texas House."