DALLAS, November 6, 2018 — Senator Ted Cruz managed to secure a second term on Tuesday by defeating Democrat challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke. One of the Democrats’ strongest attempts to win a statewide office in Texas. Cruz secured 51 percent of the vote when multiple networks called the race.
Robert O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso, a campaign which showcased the candidate as youthful and in touch. He drew the attention of Democrats across the country. ‘Beto’ O’Rourke ran on health care, immigration, and education funding. O’Rourke hit Cruz hard on his vote against the Affordable Care Act.
During the campaign, Cruz blasted O’Rourke as a liberal who was out of touch with Texas’ conservatism on immigration, drugs, and other conservative issues. The Cruz campaign highlighted his bipartisan work bringing federal aid following Hurricane Harvey.
Ted Cruz managed to receive some major help from fellow Republicans, including President Donald Trump.
President Trump campaigned for Senator Cruz
Last summer, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick called on President Trump to visit the Lone Star State to keep O’Rourke at bay, and Trump ended up rallying voters for Cruz last month and labeled Ted Cruz “Beautiful Ted.” Polling numbers tightened as election day drew closer. However, Cruz always held single-digit leads in most public polls.
The Senator and the President seem to have gotten past their divisions. We can be comfortable in knowing Cruz will be an ally to the President in his working with the Senate on his agenda.
The Blue Wave failed
Cruz’s victory was a major blow to Democrat’s hopes that the party could eat into the Republican control of the state. Democrats attempted to show Cruz as a far-right force after many in his party questioned whether he was strong enough to defeat a likable candidate like Beto O’Rourke.
Ted Cruz returns to Washington defeating one of the Democrats’ top rising stars and held back a push to turn Texas into a Democrat stronghold. Republican Governor Greg Abbott also won his Texas race.