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Texas State students were likely a key factor in flipping this conservative county to Democrats

Beto O'Rourke surged to a 15-point edge over Ted Cruz in Hays County during last week's election, even though the Central Texas county hadn't voted for a Democrat at the top of the ticket since 1992.

Voters line up to cast their ballot at the LBJ Student Center at Texas State University on Friday, Nov. 2, 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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