AUSTIN, Texas | Win or lose, Cruz and O’Rourke may remain political forces

AUSTIN, Texas | Win or lose, Cruz and O’Rourke may remain political forces

AUSTIN, Texas— Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke probably have bright political futures, perhaps even plausible White House aspirations, regardless of which one wins their high-profile Texas Senate race.

Around Labor Day, when polls showed onetime punk rocker O’Rourke closing in on flipping a Senate seat in the country’s largest Republican-dominated state, speculation abounded that O’Rourke could be a 2020 presidential hopeful.

Political observers have suggested an upset, or even a close loss, could catapult O’Rourke to national prominence, allowing for the same transformation from longshot to national political star that he’d already undergone in his home state.

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