Ted Cruz fends off Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race

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His statewide campaign galvanized voters in every Texas district, and he may well be credited with pulling a few Democratic representatives to victory.

Cruz had attempted to shame O'Rourke's language throughout the campaign, even releasing a 30-second mashup of the Democrat swearing at events while warning Texans that the lawmaker's rallies were not a "great place to bring the kids".

He also said O'Rourke's support for impeaching Trump, relaxing federal immigration policy, decriminalising marijuana and implementing universal health care were too liberal for even numerous state's moderate Democrats and independents. Ted Cruz in Texas fell short on Tuesday despite a fundraising effort that raised a record-setting amount of campaign donations.

Trump and Cruz were bitter 2016 rivals, but the president visited Houston late last month to solidify the senator's win.

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"It's the time for choosing".

Cruz, who has made no secret about wanting to run for president again once Trump leaves office, even gleefully tweeted national polls showing O'Rourke cracking the top 10 among potential Democratic White House hopefuls in 2020, arguing they show how liberal he is.

MSNBC apologized for airing the expletive via local Austin, Texas channel KXAN soon after.

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

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