How the race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke became the closest in Texas in 40 years

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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, at their respective Election Night rallies on Nov. 6, 2018. O'Rourke was in El Paso. Cruz was in Houston. Ivan Pierre Aguirre: O'Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz “Who?” That was the reaction back in late 2016 from former Houston Mayor Annise Parker when she first heard that a sophomore Democratic congressman from El Paso named Beto O’Rourke was mulling a challenge to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Parker, like most other Texans, had absolutely no clue who O’Rourke was, or why she should take seriously his potential entry into a...

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