Cruz, O'Rourke respond to name-mocking ad

First polls close in Texas with Democratic turnout high

O'Rourke also led his opponents in the Democrat primary by nearly 40-percent, receiving roughly 600,000 votes. While it was the highest it had been since 2002 with more than 1 million votes cast, more than 1.5 million voted in the GOP primary. Early voting also showed signs of Democratic enthusiasm and Republican complacency. Rep. Beto O'Rourke took more than 60 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary to challenge him in November.

O'Rourke is raising more money than Cruz so far but remains very unlikely to win in November.

"It is true that the extreme left is angry and energized and they hate the president", Cruz said on Tuesday's conference call. That didn't come to fruition, as Trump cruised to victory. Cruz's campaign ad, which features a short country music jingle, claims O'Rourke chose the nickname to "fit in".

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Seems unusual that Rafael Cruz, a native of lovely Calgary, Alberta, Canada, would go after another pol for tweaking his name and downplaying certain biographical details to better "fit in".

Democrats in Texas face an uphill battle: the state hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1988, and Trump won there in 2016 by 9 percentage points.

"We all remember back four years ago when Wendy Davis was the next big thing in the national media", Cruz said. "It's in that first line: 'If you're going to run in Texas you can't be a liberal, man 'cause liberal thought is not the spirit of a Lone Star man'".

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