U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz fought off a well-financed attempt by Democrats to steal a "red" seat in the Republican stronghold of Texas.
Fox News and The Associated Press called the Senate race for Ted Cruz over challenger Beto O'Rourke, who enjoyed fawning media coverage, a well-funded campaign, and plugged into a long-wished plan for Democrats to win big.
Democratic donors poured in tens of millions of dollars to help O'Rourke in his bid to unseat Cruz, but the incumbent stayed ahead of his challenger in polling throughout the year and pulled out an election night win.
Fox News called the race 51-48 for Cruz with 80 percent of precincts reporting.
Democrats have publicly stated their wish to turn Texas "blue," eyeing its 38 electoral votes that went to Donald Trump in 2016 and hoping for suburban voters to help defeat the GOP.
O'Rourke, in fact, pulled in $69 million in the race, more than any other Senate candidate, Business Insider reported in a pre-election story. Cruz raised approximately $29 million.