The Democrat lost to incumbent Sen.
And O'Rourke may still have some wins to place in his column.
If Texas is going remain a solidly red state, the state Republican Party is going to have to make inroads in every major city, all of which are Democratic dominated, and court Hispanics voters in every corner of the state.
In North Texas, early voting results had O'Rourke with a strong lead in Dallas County with 65.7% compared to Cruz's 33.68%.
Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Still, late summer polls showed the challenger within striking distance. Though the senator has since become one of Trump's staunchest defenders, the president nonetheless staged a massive rally in Houston just two weeks before Election Day to ensure his conservative base wouldn't abandon Cruz.
Early Voting Turnout Exceeds That of Four Years Ago
Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards said many voters lack a full understanding of the amendments they are voting on. Almost 840,000 early ballots, a record, had been cast as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the state Board of Elections.
Still, the race laid bare that many Texas conservatives never forgave Cruz for clashing with Trump at the end of the 2016 presidential primary and for refusing to endorse him at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland - a move many saw as putting personal ambitions over party. He insists he won't run for any office higher than Senate, but that's done little to quash speculation that he could challenge Trump for the presidency in two years.
"It's the time for choosing". We know that the hard-left right now, they're angry. "They're filled with rage and hatred for the president".
He raked in donations from across the country and even set a new record for Senate campaign fundraising by collecting more than US$38 million in the three-month period from July through September alone.
The race was the most expensive in the U.S. Senate's history and the first to surpass $100 million in total fundraising. Instead of tacking to the center on key issues like gun control, immigration, abortion, and health care, O'Rourke ran on a platform that was more or less indistinguishable from that of Bernie Sanders.