Beto O'Rourke Is Projected to Lose Senate Race to Ted Cruz

Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz is projected to best Beto O'Rourke to maintain his seat in the U.S. Senate.

The Hill reports that the Republican incumbent has been elected to a second term as a Texas senator. His challenger, O'Rourke, is a youthful politician who had energized Texas Democrats like no other (except maybe legendary governor Ann Richards).

Though Texas hasn't elected a Democrat statewide in over two decades, many hoped that the progressive O'Rourke might break this streak. Read about Ernest Clark, a gay man who worked to put the Democrat over the top.

Cruz's win will help Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Senate.

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