Texas Senate seat competitive battle between Cruz, O ‘ Rourke: A look at the candidates

Sen. Ted Cruz (right) in a tough battle for re-election in the Democratic Republic of Beto O’rourke.

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The incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz is locked in a competitive race for re-election in Texas, Rep. Beto O’rourke outraised him and gained national attention.

To close the gap between the two men, as November approaches, Democrats see the Texas seat, as you can pick up to control of the Senate.

Fox News has ranked the Senate race as leaning Republican.

Read on for a look at the candidates.

Ted Cruz

Republican sen. Ted Cruz has been in office since 2013. Previously, he served as attorney General of the state of Texas.

Cruz, who also ran unsuccessfully for President in 2016, is the attempt to hold on to his seat in what turned out to be a difficult choice.

“We have a race on our hands,” Cruz said on Fox News. “If you have to be a wealthy liberals in New York or Massachusetts or San Francisco now, and a Republican in the country could beat, it would be me flows, therefore, the money in here.”


In spite of fierce enemies in the election of 2016, Cruz, 47, has for President, the trump card in his campaign for re-election. In turn, the President of a big rally, has said that he will keep plans to “” in support of Cruz in October.

I’m going to do a big rally for Senator Ted Cruz in October. I guess the biggest stadium in Texas, we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total approval. His opponent is a disaster for Texas – weak on the Second Amendment, crime, borders, military and vets!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2018

When Cruz first ran for the Senate, he was known for, for the education of the Supreme Court, especially, as he argued, that before you in the name of Texas, the so-often.

A strong conservative, Cruz has to protect the necessity of securing the border, while gun-rights. In the Senate he sits on the Armed services, judiciary and Commerce, science and transportation committees.

Beto O’rourke

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Beto O’rourke: Who is he?

Tightening polls in the Texas Senate race show Rep. Beto O’rourke (D-Texas) has a huge challenge, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Who is the El Paso Democrat who hopes to turn Texas blue?

Rep. Beto O’rourke of Texas’ 16 constituency has been represented since 2013, the El Paso.

O’rourke said he supports an increase in background checks for firearm purchases, and Federal level, research on gun violence while wanting to ban high-capacity magazines. He also wants ObamaCare to work to improve, expand Medicaid, and find a path to citizenship for so called dreamers.

O’rourke said he does not want to go negative in the race.

“The ad-hominem attacks on the character and the dredging of the things from 20 years ago, I was able to go the same road as well. And it is a temptation to do that, because that is how the policy has been carried out, can remember in this country for as long as I have me,” O’rourke told The Associated Press. “But like so many people in this state, I’m sick of it.”


He received the attention of the media, as he narrowed the gap between him and Cruz. The 45-year-old has been compared to “The next Obama” by Esquire and “Kennedyesque” by Vanity Fair.

In the house O’rourke sits on the Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.

Before he was elected to Congress, O’rourke served on the El Paso City Council. His father was a Republican county judge in El Paso.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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