Cruz Rallies Supporters in Houston on Eve of Election

U.S. Senate candidate says voter turnout is key

By Omar Villafranca
|  Monday, Nov 5, 2012  |  Updated 11:45 PM CDT
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U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz encourages Republicans in Houston to take their enthusiasm to the polls. He is running against Democratic nominee Paul Sadler to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz encourages Republicans in Houston to take their enthusiasm to the polls. He is running against Democratic nominee Paul Sadler to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz spent Monday night rallying Republicans in Houston, encouraging them to take their enthusiasm to the polls and vote on Tuesday.

Cruz, who is running against Democratic nominee Paul Sadler to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, told a packed restaurant in Houston that TV campaign ads, signs and polls don't matter anymore.

"What is critical now -- we're at the stage where this election comes down to turnout," he told the Spring Branch Republicans.

Cruz told reporters that getting supporters to vote propelled him from a little-known GOP hopeful to the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

"By any metric, I should have been roadkill," said Cruz, referring to his primary matchup against the more heavily funded and well-known Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. "I should have been an armadillo by the side of the highway. And we saw an incredible coalition of thousands and thousands of Republican women and tea party leaders, business leaders and grassroots activists. And we went from just 2 percent in the polls to not just winning the primary, but winning by 14 points."

Cruz hasn't only been working on his campaign. He is helping elect other Republicans in swing states.

He said he has helped raise money for other Republicans, including U.S. Senate candidates Josh Mandel in Ohio, George Allen in Virginia and Jeff Flake in Arizona.

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