Beto O'Rourke Loses To Republican Ted Cruz In Texas

Beto O'Rourke Loses To Republican Ted Cruz In Texas

Sen. Ted Cruz, left, and Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

The U.S. Senate race in Texas was one of the most closely watched and expensive races in the country.

Lindsey Graham, a fellow Republican senator, said: "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you". It was seen as not only a referendum on the Trump presidency, but also issues of gender, race, and violence.

"It's the time for choosing".

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.

Cruz tied himself to Trump in the final days of the campaign, inviting the president for a major rally in Texas. "They're filled with rage and hatred for the president".

The race was the most expensive in the U.S. Senate's history and the first to surpass $100 million in total fundraising. He set fundraising records and made Cruz work for the victory, but Cruz ultimately pulled out a three-point victory.

In 2016, Cruz ran for president in a crowded GOP primary.

Cruz argued that his opponent's support for gun control and universal health care were too liberal for Texas.

Cruz has for years warned that a Democratic Texas would mean his party would never again win the White House. His statewide campaign galvanized voters in every Texas district, and he may well be credited with pulling a few Democratic representatives to victory.

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