TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is locked in a potentially closer-than-expected re-election battle with Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke and says he'd welcome President Donald Trump visiting Texas before November.

Cruz insists, though, that he doesn't need anyone's coattails to win.

Trump has traveled extensively to boost congressional Republicans around the country. Should a Texas trip happen, it'd be the latest twist for Cruz and Trump, whose ups and downs have made them one of the top odd couples in all of politics.

A joint Trump-Cruz rally could also reassure some Texans who are still angry at their senator for clashing bitterly with Trump during the 2016 Republican presidential primary and for refusing to endorse him in the convention afterward — even though Cruz eventually backed Trump.