Cruz: Voter fraud a challenge
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown MORE (R-Texas) has sidestepped weighing in on Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE's accusation that the elections are "rigged," instead saying that the country has previously had issues with voter fraud.

"Voter fraud has long been a challenge in America, but the best way to combat voter fraud is for voters to turn out in such overwhelming numbers that corrupt politicians can't steal an election," Cruz told the Texas Tribune on Tuesday. 

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Asked if he shared Trump's concern that the November elections could be "rigged," the Texas Republican declined to comment.

Most Senate Republicans are largely avoiding questions about whether they agree with Trump, who has accused GOP leadership of trying to "deny what is going on."

Three of Cruz's GOP colleagues who are up for reelection — Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors MORE (Fla.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonWisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attack 'for their own political purposes' It's time to bury ZombieCare once and for all Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse MORE (Wis.) — each said this week that they do not believe the elections are being rigged.

But Trump has doubled down on his claim ahead of Wednesday's presidential debate as national polls show him falling further behind Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE in the final homestretch of the campaign.

Cruz, who is widely expected to make another presidential bid, has had a rocky relationship with Trump after refusing him endorse him for months after they fought bitterly during the GOP primaries.

The Texas Republican announced that he would vote for Trump in late September as the GOP nominee appeared to be steadying in the polls and Cruz was under fire from Republicans in Texas for his stance.

Cruz said last week that he is still backing Trump, swatting away speculation that he would walk back his endorsement because of the political fallout over Trump's vulgar comments about women.