How old is Ted Cruz, what are the latest midterm polls and what is the zodiac killer rumour?

He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election and lost out to Donald Trump – now experts are saying Trump's presence may have damaged Cruz's campaign.

How old is Ted Cruz?

Rafael Edward Cruz was born in December 1970 and is 47 years old.

He married Heidi Nelson in May 2001 and they have two daughters, Caroline and Catherine.

The couple met while working on George W Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.

He is seen as being on the right of the Republican party, taking a strong pro-life stance on abortion and has opposed same-sex marriage and civil partnerships.

Cruz supports the death penalty and gun-rights.

He has also taken a hard-line stance on immigration and supported the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

What are the latest opinion polls?

The latest opinion polls show Beto O'Rourke is creeping up behind Ted Cruz in the conservative state.

A New York Times/Siena College poll released on Friday October 12 showed Cruz with an eight percentage point lead over O'Rourke.

The poll showed Cruz on 51 percent compared to O’Rourke’s 43 percent.

Cruz was also up on a poll from Quinnipiac University, with nine points.

But his lead narrowed towards the end of the month – with a University of Texas at Tyler poll estimating his lead at just 3.6 percentage points – well within the margin of error on October 31.

An Emmerson College poll released on November 1st put Cruz just three points ahead of O'Rourke.

This means the competing politicians are at a statistical tie.

A Reuters poll found Cruz to have a 49 percent lead, to O'Rourke's 44 percent and they suggest O'Rourke has a shot at becoming the first Democrat to represent Texas in the US Senate in a quarter century.

What is the zodiac killer rumour?

While Ted Cruz is not the Zodiac killer – as the serial killer’s last confirmed murder was in 1969 and Cruz wasn’t even born until the year after – the internet has been awash with jokes about the Texas Senator and the notorious murderer.

The Zodiac killer, who has never been identified, killed at least five people in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The origin of the joke seems to have started in 2013 and even Cruz had a laugh at his own expense in October 2017 when he retweeted an image of one of the coded letters the killer once sent.

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