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Analysis: Who’s got longer coattails? Ted Cruz or Beto O’Rourke?

Nobody in politics wants their own party's candidates to lose, especially in the top races. But losing by a little is better than losing by a lot — and not just for pride's sake: It can help down-ballot candidates in close contests.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. 

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