In one of the most talked about — and costly — races of the midterms, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas held on to his seat, beating out challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke.
The Democrat had been edging closer to Cruz in the polls ahead of Tuesday's election, and wound up losing by about 2 percentage points. For context, Cruz beat his Democratic opponent by about 16 points in 2012.
In his victory speech, Cruz said he realized that millions of people were inspired by his opponent. O'Rourke vowed in his concession speech to work with Cruz, and said the campaign "holds a very special place in the history of this country."
"It was closer than even the polls were suggesting it would be," says
Sean Theriault, a professor in the department of government at the University of Texas Austin. "But what we're seeing is it's a good day for Democrats in Texas — it's not a great day of course, because that would be a Beto win. But it's a good day."
The result of the Cruz-O'Rourke race and other midterm contests in Texas points to the state becoming a "purple-ish-red" one, Theriault tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young.
On what the result means for Cruz
"He won, and that's what matters most to him. I mean, if he had lost ... his political career I think in essence would be over. But because he won, he lives to fight another day. And with Trump being president, and presumably he runs for re-election in 2020, we're a ways away from thinking about the next steps for Ted Cruz. If we've learned anything in the era of Trump, a month is a lifetime. So we'll hear from Ted Cruz again, I suspect."
Source : http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/11/07/beto-orourke-ted-cruz-texas