Triumph the Insult Comic Dog mocks Ted Cruz on the campaign trail

Charlene Craig
November 7, 2018

Two hours before most of the state's polls closed, she posted a series of photos on Instagram posing in a black and white "Beto for Senate" ballcap.

The U.S. Senate race in Texas was one of the most closely watched and expensive races in the country.

Holding the Senate with an increased margin, even with a favourable election map for the party, will convince even more Republicans that the Trump path is the most productive one. In contrast, Cruz raised $40 million. The most recent Emerson poll (October 30) showing Cruz at +3, and the latest Quinnipiac (October 28) showing +5, the RealClearPolitics average is giving Cruz a Cruz +6.8 over O'Rourke.

In the end, all of that celebrity backing didn't translate to victory in a reliably red state like Texas.

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Seemingly unfazed by Triumph's reference to President Donald Trump's 2016 attacks on Cruz's wife, the Texas Senator reaffirmed his support for the Constitution and dismissed any concerns about Twitter. Trump traveled to Houston in late October on Cruz's behalf.

In North Texas, early voting results had O'Rourke with a strong lead in Dallas County with 65.7% compared to Cruz's 33.68%. "What's Ted Cruz have that you don't have, besides the ability to regenerate his tail?" According to witnesses, O'Rourke, then in his mid-20s, "lost control of his auto and hit a truck, sending his vehicle careening across the center median into oncoming lanes". "It's why the nickname stuck - because it's true".

Throughout the campaign, Cruz has assured voters that Texas is and will remain a conservative stronghold, frequently dismissing O'Rourke's media attention as hype.

O'Rourke shot down similar suggestions Monday on the campaign trail and pledged not to run for president.

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Meanwhile, a comedy bit put the candidates in the national spotlight yet again.

Robert Smigel, as Triumph, has fun roasting the lefties who turn out for O'Rourke, but he saves his best material for dragging Cruz within an inch of his life.

Cruz then tried to make a joke about the Democrats taking Triumph to get fixed.

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