One of the most watched races in America, if not the most watched race was taking place in Texas.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz was defending his seat against the Democrat’s all-in candidate, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, and since the race started it was a nail-biter, with Republicans taking small solace in the fact that the polls consistently had Cruz ahead, but only by single digit numbers.
Politico is reporting that Cruz is projected to win Texas, defeating O’Rourke in a narrow victory. NBC News is reporting the same with 79 percent of the vote tallied, and Cruz was leading O’Rourke 51 percent to 48.4 percent.
This race was likely the most important race for Democrats in terms of momentum. Taking down what the Democrats have termed an “arch-conservative” would have signaled a chink in the Republican’s armor, and what’s more, look bad on President Donald Trump, proving that his endorsement doesn’t mean as much as Republicans would have hoped.
All that is now in the past now and Trump will likely get a boost himself for helping keep Texas red. Democrats have once again failed in a large bid, and find themselves with lighter pockets with nothing to show for it.
Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat for decades, and it looks like the pattern will keep, even despite the $70 million-plus that was given to O’Rourke on top of all the Hollywood attention.
What’s more, Cruz keeping his seat heralds the Republicans keeping the Senate.