Cruz asked Trump to campaign for him in Texas Senate race
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUS has seen 45 mass shootings in the past month The Hill's 12:30 Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults partially or fully vaccinated Cruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol MORE (R-Texas) asked President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE to campaign for him in his Senate race against Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit MORE (D-Texas). 

Cruz told The Houston Chronicle during a campaign stop in Seguin, Texas, on Monday that he had contacted Trump and that he would "welcome" the president's support. 

"I hope to see him in Texas,” Cruz told the Chronicle. “I think we are likely to see the president down in Texas before the election.”

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The former White House hopeful admitted that his relationship with Trump has had its "ups and downs," specifically during the 2016 Republican presidential primary. But Cruz told the Chronicle that he has been working closely with the administration.

“We’re talking to the White House every week, sometimes every day,” Cruz said. “I’ve been proud to lead the effort to bring Republicans together.”

Cruz is facing a tough reelection test against O'Rourke.

While Cruz remains the favorite, polls have continued to show the Democratic challenger gaining ground. 

The Cook Political Report, a major nonpartisan election handicapper, shifted the race from its “likely Republican” column to “lean Republican” last week, saying that recent polling suggests a tighter contest. 

In addition, a new Texas Lyceum poll indicated Cruz leads O'Rourke by just a 2-point margin among likely voters. 

Trump has held a number of rallies for GOP candidates this year to help the party retain control of Congress. On Saturday, he campaigned for Republican Troy Balderson, who is running in a special election in Ohio's 12th District.