Ted Cruz holds back the Democrat Texas tide - for now

Ted Cruz holds back the Democrat Texas tide - for now

In El Paso, on the other side of the state, O'Rourke told supporters he had called Cruz to congratulate him and offered to work with him to move Texas forward.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has won re-election in Texas, fending off a tough challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke.

All told, he raised a whopping amount - more than US$70 million.

Tonight we find out if media hype and celebrity endorsements can win the Democrats a seat in the U.S. Senate in Texas.

Polling showed Cruz - vying for his second term - consistently ahead, but by single digits.

Still, the race should never have been this close in the Lone Star State.

"This is the man, what's Ted Cruz have that you don't have?"

The tightness of the race meant Cruz had to lean on his former political rival - President Trump, whom he competed against in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. "Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O'Rourke resting on the state's shifting demographics and political climate, and on sharply contrasting views of President Donald Trump", writes Dallas News.

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"The Trump administration has "done quite enough to intimidate voters without staging military rehearsals on the day our nation exercises our most important democratic obligation", Burke said". "He's dishonest", O'Rourke said then.

And O'Rourke may still have some wins to place in his column.

"Have you ever actually heard his music?"

The infamous hand puppet appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night after coming face-to-face with the Texas Senate candidates.

The waning moments of the campaign provided Democrats with hope - a Change Research poll had the candidates tied at 49 percent.

Finally, Cruz tries to get in a zinger about how it was the Democrats who neutered Triumph, and the Insult Comic Dog is ready for it.

He also dropped the f-word - uncensored - on live TV, telling the crowd to a huge cheer, "I'm so fucking proud of you guys!"

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