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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. Cruz began as the prohibitive favorite after his surprisingly successful 2016 presidential run, but he suddenly found himself in a tough contest against O’Rourke, a little-known El Paso congressman and one-time punk rocker who became a national political sensation and shattered fundraising records despite shunning donations from outside political groups and pollster advice. By Will Weissert. SENT: 840 words, with photos, video.
— ELECTION 2018-O’ROURKE — Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke didn’t go quietly to defeat, dropping an f-bomb while on live television and thanking his campaign supporters for their spirited but failed challenge to GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. SENT: 110 words, with photos.
ELECTION 2018-O’ROURKE-WHAT’S NEXT
EL PASO, Texas — Was Beto O’Rourke’s loss in Texas, for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz, close enough for the Democratic congressman from West Texas to launch a future national campaign? By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos.
AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott won a second term Tuesday in one of Texas’ most uneventful races for governor in decades, despite the headwinds of Democratic enthusiasm nationally and U.S. Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke awakening liberal voters at home. Similar forces put the GOP’s grip on governorships in Georgia, Florida and Wisconsin on the defense. But in Texas, Abbott’s re-election was seldom in doubt against Democrat Lupe Valdez, a former sheriff who was running to become the state’s first Latina and openly gay governor. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 380 words, with photos.
ELECTION 2018-TEXAS-NEWS GUIDE
AUSTIN, Texas — While Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s victory over Beto O’Rourke commanded most of the attention Tuesday in the Texas election, Democrats elected the state’s first two Latina congresswomen and flipping at least two GOP-controlled House seats. By Paul J. Weber and Jim Vertuno. SENT: 550 words, with photos.
— ELECTION 2018-TEXAS-THE LATEST
— DALLAS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY — One former judge will replace another as district attorney for Dallas County with unofficial election results showing voters chose Democrat John Creuzot.
— OIL PIPELINE-SHERIFF — The sheriff who led the law enforcement response to large-scale Dakota Access oil pipeline protests in North Dakota has been re-elected to another four-year term.
— TEEN KILLED — A suspect in the killing of an Alabama teen last month has been arrested in Houston.
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GALVESTON, Texas — The sandhill cranes that winter on Galveston Island rise with the sun and participate in a slow march, stretching their legs and meandering in marsh grasses before dispersing for the day to feed around the island. The Galveston County Daily News reports some days drivers-by can catch a glimpse of a clump of cranes at Tin Cup’s Caddy Shack, the driving range on Stewart Road, at the airport or on nearby baseball fields. Other days, the cranes might be more elusive, choosing to nibble on grain and bugs and amphibians on ranch lands more hidden from view. Most years, the sandhills, which fly down the central flyway from far northern locations, arrive in South Texas in October. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 640 words, pursuing photos.
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