John Cornyn embarks on final reelection sprint as late Democratic spending crests in U.S. Senate race

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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn at College Station on Wednesday as part of his statewide bus tour. Credit: Amna Ijaz/The Texas Tribune

COLLEGE STATION — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, began the final push of his reelection campaign Wednesday, embarking on a statewide bus tour as a wave of late Democratic outside spending continued to rush into the race.

After early voting in the morning in Austin, Cornyn told reporters that the 11th-hour spending surge is the "thing that worries me the most" about his reelection bid at this point, calling it "unusual" and predicting his side will be "outspent by more than 2-to-1." Appearing hours later here for the bus tour's first stop, Cornyn rallied the crowd with warnings that allies of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and "Silicon Valley billionaires" are scrambling to turn Texas into California and New York.

“Do you think they did that because they want Texas to be exceptional? Because they share our values?" Cornyn said. "Absolutely not, absolutely not."