By Shelby Clayton—
Ted Cruz was re-elected to the U.S. Senate after a tumultuous election, beating out Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Cruz continues the 30-year streak of Republicans being elected to the Texas U.S. Senate.
According to the Office of the Secretary of State, in total Cruz received 3,060,859 or 51 percent of the votes. O’Rourke trailed with 2,897,477 votes, or 48.3 percent of the votes.
According to the Office of the Secretary of State, in Erath County, officials said Cruz captured almost 80 percent of the vote with 6,789 votes. O’Rourke received almost 20 percent of the votes, or 1,666 votes.
When Texan News Service conducted a Facebook poll for the election on Oct. 23, Cruz won with 68 percent of the votes from Tarleton State University students, with 133 votes. O’Rourke trailed behind with just 33 percent of votes from Tarleton students, with 63 votes. On Instagram the numbers were almost the same with Cruz getting 60 percent of the vote with 12 votes while O’Rourke received 40 percent of the vote with eight votes. However, Twitter had O’Rourke winning with 51 percent, Cruz had 38 percent and 11 percent said they will not/did not vote.
According to The Associated Press, during early voting a new record was sent with more than 4.8 million ballots being cast, a number that surpasses the total turnout of the 2014 midterms.
Cruz is a graduate of Princeton University. He was first elected to the Senate in 2012. In 2015, he announced that he was running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He eventually lost to President Donald Trump.