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Texas Elections 2018

Ted Cruz defeats Beto O'Rourke in difficult re-election fight

The race between Cruz and O'Rourke emerged as one of the hottest in the country, with Democrats hopeful that O'Rourke could break the Texas GOP's iron grip on statewide offices.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz gives his victory speech after defeating Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, in Houston on Nov. 6, 2018.

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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Beto O'Rourke speaks to his supporters after losing to Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections, in El Paso on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

"They made it close"

"Tough as Texas"

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