Ted Cruz holds off Beto O'Rourke to keep Texas Senate seat

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Though more recent ones indicate that the senator has regained his footing and maintained a modest lead, the race has gone from cakewalk to far closer than expected.

"All the money in the world was no match for the people of Texas", Cruz said. Triumph also pokes fun at Beto's punk rocker past, saying that his music is bad enough to deter anyone from trying to cross the border.

And O'Rourke may still have some wins to place in his column. In contrast, Cruz raised $40 million. In August, the Houston Chronicle reported details of a 1998 police report detailing O'Rourke's arrest for drunk driving. "He's dishonest", O'Rourke said then. He first stops at a rally for Beto O'Rourke, where he jokes that all the supporters share the same Netflix account. The charge was later dismissed.

"Except for when Donald Trump calls it ugly on Twitter", Triumph joked right to his face, evoking the time from the 2016 primaries when Trump insulted Cruz's wife on Twitter.

Throughout the race, major polls showed Cruz leading O'Rourke by a few percentage points.

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"I wasn't expecting it", Aguirre tearfully told MSNBC in a touching video.

Beyonce was a last-minute addition to the list of stars backing O'Rourke, who also garnered support from Houston hip-hop artist Travis Scott and National Basketball Association royalty LeBron James. The Cruz campaign cut a commercial responding to O'Rourke that featured a double-amputee Vietnam veteran named Tim Lee. He and President Trump routinely sparred, and Cruz famously did not endorse the president during his nominating convention.

"Ted, is it true that you will defend the constitution at all costs?"

Turnout is always a big factor, and in this Texas race even more so, as Democrats will need to overcome historically low voter turnout in the state in order to push a win over the incumbent Cruz. ". and it is my hope, with the bitterness and division we see nationally, we can come together, respecting each other's decency, humanity and treating each other how we should treat each other".