'Beto 2020' Buzz Builds Immediately After O'Rourke's Senate Defeat

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

- Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz will hold on to his seat and defeat Beto O'Rourke, multiple news outlets have reported.

The challenge from Mr O'Rourke in Texas had threatened to derail his rise.

Cruz tied himself to Trump in the final days of the campaign, inviting the president for a major rally in Texas.

O'Rourke lost a closely watched race to Sen. His statewide campaign galvanized voters in every Texas district, and he may well be credited with pulling a few Democratic representatives to victory.

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Trump took the unexpected step of travelling to reliably Republican Texas during crunch time, staging a Houston rally to energise his base for Cruz just two weeks before Election Day.

No matter what happens, O'Rourke is now a national Democratic star, using donations from across the nation to smash Senate race fundraising records - including raking in more than $38 million in the three-month period from July through September. We know that the hard-left right now, they're angry. 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.

Mr Cruz's actions, especially the government shutdown, alienated many of his Republican colleagues in the Senate. "They're energised", Cruz said on Monday.

In El Paso, on the other side of the state, O'Rourke told supporters he had called Cruz to congratulate him and offered to work with him to move Texas forward.