Jobs, freedom, and security are all on the ballot Tuesday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz told several hundred enthusiastic voters who packed the house at a “Cruz to Victory” rally Sunday in conservative Collin County — his 47th campaign event in the last six weeks.

“We have seen major victories in all three areas in the last two years,” Cruz said, drawing sharp contrasts between conservative Republican policies that encourage job growth, protect freedom, and improve security, and liberal Democrat policies that have the opposite effect.

On jobs: Under Republican tax cuts and regulatory repeals that Democrats opposed, Cruz told the cheering crowd, the Texas economy is booming and unemployment nationally is the lowest it’s been in 49 years ­— including the lowest African-American and Hispanic unemployment ever recorded.

On freedom: “If there’s one word that encapsulates who we are as Texans and what we believe in, it’s freedom,” Cruz said, noting our nation is founded on individual rights to exercise free speech and religious liberty without government getting in the way.

On security: Cruz, who’s endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council and over half of Texas’ county sheriffs, said Texans support the men and women of law enforcement and our military, and they want a secure border.

Cruz took a few jabs at his opponent’s record on key issues like taxes, immigration, law enforcement, and national security. “To be honest, if he just flipped a coin he’d be right more often,” Cruz quipped.

Voters in the Republican stronghold are highly engaged. Collin County had the highest early voting turnout percentage in Texas. Over 271,000 residents — 49 percent of the county’s registered voters — have already cast ballots.

Cruz called on commonsense conservatives who haven’t yet voted to turn out on Election Day. He invited conservative and moderate Texas Democrats who feel they no longer have a home in the extreme-left national party, as well as Libertarians and Independents, to join with Republicans in voting to preserve jobs, freedom, and security.

“We welcome you with open arms,” Cruz said. “Come stand united for Texas.”

Polls are open Tuesday, November 6, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.