One topic of discussion was the recent reports of voting machines switching people's votes from O'Rourke to Cruz.
"This was an election about hope and about the future, and the people of Texas rendered a verdict that we want a future with more jobs and more security and more freedom", Cruz told supporters after defeating O'Rourke.
The Democratic congressman from El Paso raised a whopping $69 million and growing - the most of any US Senate candidate in history.
In the end, all of that celebrity backing didn't translate to victory in a reliably red state like Texas.
Even that was a shock for Cruz, who won 10-plus contests during the 2016 Republican presidential primary and has always been considered the most powerful and popular conservative in a state full of them. Trump traveled to Houston in late October on Cruz's behalf.
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"This is the man, what's Ted Cruz have that you don't have?" "Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O'Rourke resting on the state's shifting demographics and political climate, and on sharply contrasting views of President Donald Trump", writes Dallas News. "He's dishonest", O'Rourke said then. Here's What You Need To Know To Vote Today.
O'Rourke's once-longshot bid for the U.S. Senate turned into a legitimate threat to incumbent Ted Cruz, shocking political observers and energizing voters on both sides of the aisle in the Lone Star State. He suggested an O'Rourke win would lead to "two years of a partisan circus and a witch hunt on the president".
"For a whole lot of conservative and moderate Democrats in Texas, they feel like they don't have a home in that national party anymore and we are welcoming them with open arms", Cruz told The Associated Press last week.
Meanwhile, a comedy bit put the candidates in the national spotlight yet again.
Finally, Triumph got to harass Cruz up close, and Cruz tried to own the dog. "I am so f-cking proud of you guys", to cheers from the crowd. Broadcast Monday night on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert", Triumph the Insult Comic Dog - a cigar-smoking hound puppet - mocked O'Rourke, Cruz and their supporters. "Just like Trump did to you".