Ted Cruz wins tight Senate race against Beto O’Rourke
Voters in Texas have backed incumbent Republican Ted Cruz who has beaten progressive Democrat Beto O’Rourke in a tight race for Senate.
The Republican incumbent faced a historic challenge in Mr O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat who captured the nation with a progressive campaign calling for unity in the reliably red state. However, Donald Trump threw his support behind Mr Cruz, stumping for the conservative senator in the final weeks of the election despite the two previously exchanging insults during the 2016 general elections.
Analysts also believe the campaign run by Mr O’Rourke – tipped by some as a potential presidential candidate in 2020 – may have galvanised Democratic support in House races throughout the state.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott won a second term by defeating Democrat Lupe Valdez in a race whose outcome was seldom in doubt.