Ted Cruz fends off Beto O'Rourke to win re-election

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EL PASO, Tex. (KBTX) - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has fended off rising-star Democrat Beto O'Rourke to win re-election in a much-watched Texas Senate race that began as a cakewalk but needed a visit from President Donald Trump to help push the incumbent over the top.

Fresh off a long 2016 presidential run, Cruz began the Senate race as a prohibitive favorite.

But O'Rourke visited fiercely conservative areas and racked up record fundraising.

Polls eventually got close enough that Trump visited Houston on Cruz's behalf