Ted Cruz holds off Beto O'Rourke to keep Texas Senate seat

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The president's campaign hosted an all-day tailgate and a rally for supporters, while Trump gave Cruz a new nickname: "Beautiful Ted".

Next up was Harlingen, Texas, where Triumph announced, "I'm here at the Ted Cruz rally, or a Duck Dynasty cosplay convention, not 100 percent sure".

With such a close race, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert borrowed one of the shrewdest political minds from Conan and sent him down south to cover the campaign trail.

Turnout is always a big factor, and in this Texas race even more so, as Democrats will need to overcome historically low voter turnout in the state in order to push a win over the incumbent Cruz. But Cruz's friendliness didn't dissuade the comic from continuing to mock him. In August, the Houston Chronicle reported details of a 1998 police report detailing O'Rourke's arrest for drunk driving. O'Rourke supported various progressive initiatives, including the implementation of universal health care and looser immigration laws. 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".

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The race, in brief: This Texas race has been the subject of intense national attention, with O'Rourke garnering endorsements and promotion from celebrities and national Democratic figures, and was seen early as an intense battle over the Resistance vs. the Trumpists. But I get it! Why this is happening now, why the president is stirring these issues up at this moment with 24 hours before we decide this election, I'll leave that to you to conclude, " he said.

After interviewing the candidates, Triumph (pictured on The Late Show) joined in with Cruz supporters to chant that he is a "lion of the Senate".

The onetime Republican presidential candidate insisted in the race's final days that he had the backing of a "commonsense supermajority" of conservatives - including registered Democrats - that O'Rourke could not overcome.

"This is the man, what's Ted Cruz have that you don't have?"

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