Incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz declared victor in U.S. Senate race

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said he would support Beto O’Rourke in his Senate race against Ted Cruz

"By not being Ted Cruz, Beto is still a victor", Colbert said.

But despite the defeat to Ted Cruz in the Senate race at the midterm elections, Beto was in a rallying mood during his emotional concession speech.

Throughout the campaign, Cruz has assured voters that Texas is and will remain a conservative stronghold, frequently dismissing O'Rourke's media attention as hype. For the last few months of the campaign, O'Rourke routinely outraised Cruz as momentum for the El Paso congressman grew and the race tightened.

A Texas Democrat hasn't won any of the almost 30 statewide offices since 1994, the country's longest losing streak. 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. It's the time for action. In turn, Cruz garnered praise from President Trump, who referred to his former political rival as "Beautiful Ted" in the days ahead of the vote. "They're energized", Cruz said Monday.

Cruz finished a surprising second in the 2016 Republican presidential primary and began the Senate race as a prohibitive favorite. "They're filled with rage and hatred for the president". That total shattered the U.S. Senate's existing fundraising record and easily surpassed Cruz's fundraising effort, which produced roughly $40 million. O'Rourke supported various progressive initiatives, including the implementation of universal health care and looser immigration laws.

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