O'Rourke falls to Cruz despite $70M fundraising windfall

Leroy Wright
November 7, 2018

O'Rourke raised more than $70 million during the heated Senate race, including more than $38 million from the July to September campaign period alone. Hours before Election Day's end, his campaign was still sending out pleas.

Moving over to Cruz voters, Triumph noted the senator famously called Trump "amoral", "philanderer", and "buffoon".

The Democrat got the endorsement of Texan Willie Nelson, who performed at a rally.

Polling showed Cruz - vying for his second term - consistently ahead, but by single digits.

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. Trump traveled to Houston in late October on Cruz's behalf.

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. According to witnesses, O'Rourke, then in his mid-20s, "lost control of his vehicle and hit a truck, sending his auto careening across the center median into oncoming lanes".

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And O'Rourke may still have some wins to place in his column.

"Really interesting to hear you talk about a partisan circus after your six years in the US Senate", O'Rourke shot back, alluding to Cruz's role in leading the Republicans in 2013 to shutting down the government.

Jake Gyllenhaal wore a "Beto for Senate" T-shirt in a Facebook post that also endorsed other high-profile Democrats, including Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida. Seeing a candidate you're there to vote for while you're at the polls.

Triumph spoke with Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke first and joked with him about his support with younger voters.

Cruz, bless him, does his best to appear to be a good sport and even tries to land a barb of his own by reminding Triumph: "Just remember, it wasn't the Republicans, it was the Democrats that took you into the vet to get fixed, and there is freedom on the other side!" "Just like Trump did to you".

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