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After Sen. Ted Cruz narrowly won re-election in one of the 2018 midterm election's closest races across the country, Democratic nominee O'Rourke gave a passionate concession speech.

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. Instead of tacking to the center on key issues like gun control, immigration, abortion, and health care, O'Rourke ran on a platform that was more or less indistinguishable from that of Bernie Sanders. Almost 4.9 million people voted in Texas' 30 largest counties during the early-voting period, surpassing the total number of votes cast throughout the state in the last midterm election, according to the secretary of state's office.

Read the full report at Dallas News. "Beto O'Rourke, he's showing the f-ck up". Triumph also pokes fun at Beto's punk rocker past, saying that his music is bad enough to deter anyone from trying to cross the border.

Good luck voting out there today, and happy election day to everyone but Ted Cruz! The charge was later dismissed. And as of this writing, O'Rourke trailed Cruz by only 3.1 points - significantly less the Real Clear Politics' most recent polling average margin of 6.8 points. In response to a question about NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, the Democrat said: "I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee for your rights anytime, anywhere, any place".

Cruz did show the humility to pay tribute to O'Rourke for his campaign - as the boos rang out among his supporters - and what he had done to mobilise and energise young voters.

"Ted, is it true that you will defend the constitution at all costs?" Though the senator has since become one of Trump's staunchest defenders, the president nonetheless staged a massive rally in Houston just two weeks before Election Day to ensure his conservative base wouldn't abandon Cruz.