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Cruz takes dig at Beto O’Rourke, calls him ‘top 10‘ contender for Dems in 2020

Cruz takes dig at Beto O’Rourke, calls him ‘top 10‘ contender for Dems in 2020
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday took a shot at his opponent for reelection, Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized Mexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram MORE (D), after the Democrat was named among the top 10 most supported presidential candidates in a line up of possible 2020 contenders.

Cruz was referring to numbers from an earlier CNN poll that showed O'Rourke with 4 percent support among a line up of possible Democratic 2020 hopefuls.

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"Beto is already in top 10 Dem contenders for 2020, behind [Sens.] Bernie SandersBernie SandersClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members MORE, Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mnuchin to put 5B in COVID-19 relief funds beyond successor's reach No, the government cannot seize, break or 'bypass' pharmaceutical patents — even for COVID-19 MORE, Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized MORE & Spartacus," Cruz tweeted of the man facing him down for his Senate seat in the November midterm elections. (Spartacus is an apparent reference to New Jersey Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE.)

"The further left he runs, the higher up he climbs," he wrote. "But do socialism, open borders, impeachment & angry leftist mobs really reflect common sense values of Texans?"

Cruz has insisted in recent days that O'Rourke is gearing up for a 2020 bid if he defeats Cruz in November.

O'Rourke has maintained that he is uninterested in a 2020 presidential run.

The two men are locked in a contentious contest for a state that has not had a Democratic Senator in more than 25 years. 

O'Rourke has kept the race close in part because he has vastly out-fundraised Cruz, notably hauling in a whopping $38.1 million between July and September, while Cruz only carried home $12 million.

The Democrat has kept close to Cruz but still trails in polling.

RealClearPolitics shows Cruz with an average lead of 7 points over O'Rourke across a variety of polls, and Cruz held a 9-point lead in a Quinnipiac University poll released last Thursday.

As their race nears its final days, the two men are planning to engage in a live debate on CNN.

-- Updated 4:15 p.m.