Republican Ted Cruz has fended off Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s long-shot challenge to take his Senate deeply conservative Texas.
Cruz, 47, who was first elected to the Senate in 2010, successfully rallied Republican voters to offset Democratic anger over President Donald Trump.
The result helped end Democrats’ hopes of taking control of the Senate.
But Democrats took over the U.S. House of Representatives, according to media projections, setting the stage for a divided Congress.
O’Rourke, a 46-year-old former punk rocker and three-term U.S. congressman, smashed an 18-year-old fundraising record – raising $61.8 million during his campaign, almost twice his rival’s $35.1 million.
He fell short by several percentage points on Tuesday, after significantly trailing Cruz in opinion polls for most of the year.