U.S. midterms: Texas Republican Ted Cruz beats challenge from Beto O'Rourke

U.S. midterms: Texas Republican Ted Cruz beats challenge from Beto O'Rourke

Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke told his supporters he was "so f-king proud" of them in his concession speech Tuesday night.

As major news outlets began calling the race for Cruz around 10:30 p.m., the incumbent senator was leading in the low single digits - a much closer margin than most polls had shown in recent months. Ted Cruz (R), and shared that he called Cruz, wished him well, and pledged to do whatever is necessary to bring Democrats and Republicans together.

He also said O'Rourke's support for impeaching Trump, relaxing federal immigration policy, decriminalising marijuana and implementing universal health care were too liberal for even numerous state's moderate Democrats and independents.

"It's the time for choosing".

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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.

In 2016, Cruz ran for president in a crowded GOP primary. In total, Cruz and O'Rourke raised more than $100 million. Both said strong early voting statewide was a good sign for them. O'Rourke supported various progressive initiatives, including the implementation of universal health care and looser immigration laws.

Cruz has for years warned that a Democratic Texas would mean his party would never again win the White House. A Democrat hasn't won a Texas Senate seat since 1988, and no one from the party has captured any statewide office since 1994, the nation's longest political losing streak.

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