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Photo by Beto O'Rourke

Texas Democratic senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke has become a national figure over the past few months for running a shockingly successful campaign against sitting senator Ted Cruz.


Texas hasn’t had a Democratic senator in 25 years, and O’Rourke has more than a fighting chance at bucking the trend. A recent Emmerson College e-poll has Cruz with 38% of the vote, O’Rourke with 37%, and 21% of respondents undecided.

An NBC News/Marist poll found O’Rourke within four points of Cruz, at 45% to 49%.

O’Rourke caught national attention earlier in August after giving a thoughtful and heartfelt answer to a question about NFL players kneeling for the national anthem.

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On August 29, the Texas Republican Party tweeted what they thought was a dig at O’Rourke by sharing a band photo he took in the ‘90s. The GOP captioned it with “Sorry, can’t debate. We have a gig.”

Cruz and O’Rourke are currently in negotiations over having televised debates.

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In the mid ‘90s, O’Rourke played bass in the band Foss, which included Cedric Bixler-Zavala from the seminal bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta.

While the Texas GOP may not think playing in a band is cool, the tweet backfired because everyone else thinks it’s awesome.

For contrast, Ted Cruz was a Biblical mime.

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The tweet was also a great excuse for people to rip on Ted Cruz.

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