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Cruz asked Trump to campaign for him in Texas Senate race

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked President Trump to campaign for him in his Senate race against Rep. Beto O’Rourke (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.”{mosads}

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.

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