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Texas Elections 2018

How the race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke became the closest in Texas in 40 years

Two years ago, Beto O'Rourke was a little-known congressman from El Paso and Ted Cruz's re-election was considered a foregone conclusion. Then everything changed.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at their respective election night rallies on Nov. 6, 2018. O'Rourke was in El Paso. Cruz was in Houston.

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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US Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D- El Paso, speaks to supporters during the Turn Out For Texas Rally with Willie & Beto at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2018. (The Texas Tribune /Rodolfo Gonzalez)

Democrats' most desperate hour

Ted Cruz speaks to supporters during his Senate 2018 Campaign Kick-Off in Stafford, Texas, Monday, April 2, 2018. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune.

A real fight

Pro-Beto O’Rourke and pro-Ted Cruz signs in the front yard of the same home in an upper valley neighborhood of El Paso, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. A female pharmacist and mother of two, and her husband, who is a Border Patrol agent, live at the home.

Going viral

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, left, debates U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the KENS 5 Studios in San Antonio on Oct. 16, 2018.

The closer

Getting out the vote

Beto O'Rourke speaks to supporters in Plano at Willow Creek Park the last day of early voting Nov. 2, 2018.
President Donald J. Trump at a MAGA rally at the Toyota Center in Houston on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.

Campaign takeaways

"Down the road"

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