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Photos of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) looking at a photo of his Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke have sent the internet into yet another frenzy in a race that has, so far, produced numerous meme-able moments.
The race between O’Rourke and Cruz has intensified in recent weeks, with recent polls showing the incumbent senator leading his challenger by just 4.5 points, according to Real Clear Politics. With the race so close and grabbing so much attention, it has been at the center of the political world.
Cruz’s campaign has attacked the Democrat for cursing too much and has been criticized for taking comments he’s made about flag burning out of context. The Texas Republican party also tried to use an old mug shot of O’Rourke to drum up support for Cruz, which backfired immediately.
The senator has also been criticized for attacking O’Rourke’s nickname despite using one himself.
But the latest internet attention-grabbing moment of the race is maybe the best. It came on Tuesday morning, when Cruz was spotted looking at a photo of O’Rourke on his phone while on a plane.
It’s not shocking that they drew the attention of people on Twitter, who quickly cracked jokes at the senator’s expense.
Although, to be fair, it looks like the senator may have just been scrolling past a photo of his Democratic challenger.
"He's not WAY hotter, is he?" https://t.co/gFuPHCVkuf— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) September 25, 2018
The only time I have ever related to Ted Cruz https://t.co/R0alpCs11Z— Caroline Moss (@socarolinesays) September 25, 2018
I mean, it's important to know your future Senator, right? https://t.co/kIi6hPgkrP— Bram De Buyser (@chton) September 25, 2018
This is actually kind of sad. We've all been there Ted. It sucks when everyone loves the cool kid more. I feel you. https://t.co/dbS9mdeTKX— Karin Robinson (@karinjr) September 25, 2018
Someone shouted at him in a DC restaurant last night that Beto was better looking (not joking). Guess that stuck, more than the “We believe survivors!” chant. https://t.co/0BVgAsia7p— rebkah howard (@pink_funk) September 25, 2018
*Johnny Cash singing Hurt* https://t.co/VH8P4JfSrL— Reviewer #2 ✊🌹 (@oligopistos) September 25, 2018
hello darkness my old friend https://t.co/Hf3bnktR4y— Elizabeth Bruenig (@ebruenig) September 25, 2018
No judgement here - who among us isn't looking at pictures of Beto on our phones? https://t.co/6Nh9wDWJwb— Farbz (@lfarbz) September 25, 2018
Just a night before, Cruz was chased out of a D.C. restaurant by protestors, who at one point declared O’Rourke “hotter.”
Cruz may have just been wondering if they were right.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).