"Cruz wouldn't have a snowballs chance of being a CA Senator" This is only true because CA citizens refuse to reflect on their conservative heritage and to be energized during election seasons. The state of Proposition 13 and Ronald Reagan has just given the fight for freedom in America for no reason that I can see. They've given up so badly that the re-election of Jerry Brown as governor became possible.
This should be a warning to us all of how neccessary citizen participation is. You can't just 'let some one else do it' you are that someone else.