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Cruz fends off O’Rourke in Texas Senate race

  • This combination of Sept. 21, 2018, file photos shows Texas U.S. Senate candidates in the November 2018 election from left, incumbent GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, left, and Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool, File)

EL PASO, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz fended off a spirited underdog challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke to win re-election on Tuesday in a Texas race that once seemed like a cakewalk but needed a late boost from President Donald Trump to help push the incumbent over the top.

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