Cruz Beats Beto in Texas Nail-Biter

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"By not being Ted Cruz, Beto is still a victor", Colbert said.

Ted Cruz fended off rising-star Democrat Beto O'Rourke to win re-election in a much-watched Texas race that began as a cakewalk but needed a visit from President Donald Trump to help push the incumbent over the top.

Even that was a shock for Cruz, who won 10-plus contests during the 2016 Republican presidential primary and has always been considered the most powerful and popular conservative in a state full of them.

MSNBC, which didn't censor O'Rourke's comment, later apologized.

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. Republicans have held every statewide office in Texas since 1994, reports Refinery29.

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Trump took the unexpected step of travelling to reliably Republican Texas during crunch time, staging a Houston rally to energise his base for Cruz just two weeks before Election Day. "They're energised", Cruz said on Monday.

The race was the most expensive in the U.S. Senate's history and the first to surpass $100 million in total fundraising. "They're filled with rage and hatred for the president".

With the win, Cruz kept alive his hopes of mounting a second presidential run once Trump leaves the White House.

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.

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