Ted Cruz, the supreme politician with eyes on the White House

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Ted Cruz in Texas fell short on Tuesday despite a fundraising effort that raised a record-setting amount of campaign donations.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been declared the victor in his fierce campaign against Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, ending the upstart political star's longshot bid to unseat the widely loathed Republican.

The race garnered national attention with O'Rourke drawing praise from celebrities including basketball star LeBron James, TV host Ellen DeGeneres and even Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. 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.

"My confidence is in the people of Texas", O'Rourke told reporters on Monday night, moments before staging a raucous rally with Mariachi band at the University of Texas at El Paso, mere blocks from his home.

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If Texas is going remain a solidly red state, the state Republican Party is going to have to make inroads in every major city, all of which are Democratic dominated, and court Hispanics voters in every corner of the state.

Cruz is projected to win their close Senate race in Texas.

"It's the time for choosing". He insists he won't run for any office higher than Senate, but that's done little to quash speculation that he could challenge Trump for the presidency in two years. Both said strong early voting statewide was a good sign for them. "They're filled with rage and hatred for the president".

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