Beto O'Rourke vs. Ted Cruz

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They see Cruz's victory over upstart Beto O'Rourke as a seal of approval for their man and the president whose support he courted.

It was a bitter fight, in which Mr Trump branded Mr Cruz "Lyin' Ted" and insulted his wife. He raised a staggering $70 million, the most of any Senate candidate in history, according to USA Today.

A three-term House member and onetime member of a punk rock band, O'Rourke was virtually unknown outside his Texas-Mexico border hometown of El Paso before announcing in March 2017 that he was taking on a seemingly unwinnable race against Cruz.

"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 describes Cruz's desire to repeal Obamacare as something that could potentially kill "way more people than the Zodiac", emphasizing the "way more" again and again so many times that the Cruz supporters chuckling at his joke (but still supporting Cruz) have to actually think about it.

Still, the race laid bare that many Texas conservatives never forgave Cruz for clashing with Trump at the end of the 2016 presidential primary and for refusing to endorse him at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland - a move many saw as putting personal ambitions over party.

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"They're filled with rage and hatred for the president".

Triumph finally confronted Cruz after one of his rallies. And though he was tested by O'Rourke, avoiding what would have been a monumental upset means that remains a possibility.

Cruz went head-to-head with O'Rourke's unconventional campaigning efforts, which included visiting every county in Texas and refusing campaign donations from political action committees.

Cruz scoffs at the notion that O'Rourke could beat him.

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

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