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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), one of the most disliked members in the U.S. Senate, has done it again.

On Tuesday night, the Texas Republican defeated Democratic challenger and liberal rising star Beto O’Rourke, in one of the most widely covered and breathlessly polled races of the 2018 midterms.

Cruz was always the odds-on favorite to win, but O’Rourke and his campaign were able to keep the election just close enough that Team Cruz and Republican strategists had been sweating for weeks.

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Author: By asawin.suebsaeng@thedailybeast.com (Asawin Suebsaeng)