PHOTO: Ted Cruz Sitting on a Plane Looking at a Picture of Beto O’Rourke on His Phone

Awkward.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was photographed on a flight from Washington, D.C. back to Texas looking at a web page with a photo of Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat Representative who is running to unseat him in the upcoming midterm elections.

Cruz was snapped by a photographer with Politico Playbook.

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Cruz, once considered a shoo-in for re-election, has found a formidable challenger in O’Rourke, with whom he’s now locked in a neck-and-neck race for the Senate seat, according to recent polling figures.

The photographs quickly made the rounds on social media, and Cruz was routinely mocked.

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The reaction to the photographs is only the latest bump in an already hard week for Cruz, who last night was driven out of a Washington restaurant by activists who chanted, “We believe survivors!” in response to the sexual assault allegations which have imperiled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Cruz was also criticized for not responding to a sexual assault survivor who asked him how he would on Kavanaugh.

“God bless you, ma’am,” was all Cruz said before he and his wife left the establishment.

Earlier this morning, O’Rourke responded to the incident in a tweet of his own urging Cruz’s critics to take the high road.

O’Rourke’s defense came just a few days after the two sparred during a debate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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