United States midterms: Texas Republican Ted Cruz beats challenge from Beto O'Rourke

United States midterms: Texas Republican Ted Cruz beats challenge from Beto O'Rourke

Ted Cruz will keep his seat in the U.S. Senate, voters decided Tuesday.

Beto O'Rourke has already used his once-longshot Texas Senate run to become a national Democratic phenomenon, shatter fundraising records and set off whispers that he could be a credible 2020 White House contender.

The challenge from Mr O'Rourke in Texas had threatened to derail his rise.

Even that was a shock for Cruz, who won 10-plus contests during the 2016 Republican presidential primary and has always been considered the most powerful and popular conservative in a state full of them.

Cruz went head-to-head with O'Rourke's unconventional campaigning efforts, which included visiting every county in Texas and refusing campaign donations from political action committees.




"It's the time for choosing". In turn, Cruz garnered praise from President Trump, who referred to his former political rival as "Beautiful Ted" in the days ahead of the vote. We know that the hard-left right now, they're angry. In total, Cruz and O'Rourke raised more than $100 million.

For months, Cruz refused to entertain the notion that he'd lose, saying there are more Republicans in Texas than Democrats, so all he had to do to win was avoid conservative complacency. "They're filled with rage and hatred for the president".

In El Paso, on the other side of the state, O'Rourke told supporters he had called Cruz to congratulate him and offered to work with him to move Texas forward.

Cruz held off the Democratic rising star to win re-election.

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