The most recent Emerson poll (October 30) showing Cruz at +3, and the latest Quinnipiac (October 28) showing +5, the RealClearPolitics average is giving Cruz a Cruz +6.8 over O'Rourke.
Robert Smigel, as Triumph, has fun roasting the lefties who turn out for O'Rourke, but he saves his best material for dragging Cruz within an inch of his life. Ted Cruz, said he doesn't understand why anyone would be angry with asylum seekers "doing what any human being would do".
O'Rourke raised more than $70 million during the heated Senate race, including more than $38 million from the July to September campaign period alone.
Moving over to Cruz voters, Triumph noted the senator famously called Trump "amoral", "philanderer", and "buffoon".
The last time we saw Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in action, in a 2016 Election special from back when we thought that comedy mattered, he was lamenting the fact that he couldn't get an interview with Ted Cruz. Still, late summer polls showed the challenger within striking distance.
"Does it concern you that half your base thinks they can vote for you through Instagram?" he asked.
"This is the man, what's Ted Cruz have that you don't have?" "The Trump administration, and by extension the (Texas Gov. Greg) Abbott administration, have done quite enough to intimidate voters without staging military rehearsals on Election Day".
Even supporters of O'Rourke who expected to see their candidate defeated believed his movement would be a seminal moment in American politics. "Because he's a ugly fish monster!" "Is that in the GOP health-care plan?"
Responded Triumph: "I support spaying and neutering, just like Trump did to you!"
But Triumph later turned it into a chant of "Lyin" Ted'.
Finally, Triumph got to harass Cruz up close, and Cruz tried to own the dog.
Cruz did show the humility to pay tribute to O'Rourke for his campaign - as the boos rang out among his supporters - and what he had done to mobilise and energise young voters.