Beto O'Rourke Loses To Republican Ted Cruz In Texas

Beto O'Rourke Loses To Republican Ted Cruz In Texas

Beto O'Rourke Loses To Republican Ted Cruz In Texas

Cruz led O'Rourke 50.9 to 48.4 percent with 81 percent of precincts reporting.

With Conan O'Brien's late-night show now on hiatus, Stephen Colbert chose to steal one of his rival's main correspondents for some last-minute election coverage, deploying Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to cover the Texas Senate race between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke.

During his bid for the Senate, O'Rourke tapped Facebook to build an email list of millions of supporters, and used the social media platform to raise money.

Mr Cruz's actions, especially the government shutdown, alienated many of his Republican colleagues in the Senate. Not counting outside money, the Cruz-O'Rourke contest was 2018's most expensive Senate race.

Polling showed Cruz - vying for his second term - consistently ahead, but by single digits. Ted Cruz, said he doesn't understand why anyone would be angry with asylum seekers "doing what any human being would do".


In the end, all of that celebrity backing didn't translate to victory in a reliably red state like Texas. In turn, Cruz garnered praise from President Trump, who referred to his former political rival as "Beautiful Ted" in the days ahead of the vote. Trump traveled to Houston in late October on Cruz's behalf.

Cruz used the opportunity to go after O'Rourke's out-of-state supporters: "left-wing national activists and left-wing national donors".

"Have you ever actually heard his music?" His statewide campaign galvanized voters in every Texas district, and he may well be credited with pulling a few Democratic representatives to victory.

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

Then, finally, after years of waiting, Triumph finally came face-to-face with Cruz at a Republican rally. "I support spaying and neutering", he says.

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