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Texas Elections 2018

Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke are fighting over America’s most conservative large county

Cruz and O'Rourke's U.S. Senate race highlights how the GOP stronghold in North Texas is a statewide battleground between Republicans and Democrats.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (left), and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, campaign in Fort Worth.

Texas Elections 2018

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke in the race for U.S. Senate. View full 2018 Texas election results or subscribe to The Brief for the latest election news.

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“Regarding Tarrant County, we all know this is the stronghold that keeps Texas red.”

— Julie McCarty, president of the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party

“I thought this was Cruz’s country”

A sign for Democrat Beto O'Rourke in front of a home in the Bluebonnet Place neighborhood of Fort Worth near Texas Christian University on August 28, 2018.

A wall for the wave

Left to right: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Lindsey Graham during a break in the hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 27, 2018.

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