HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz has won his bid for re-election, ABC News projects.
As polls closed across most of Texas, supporters of both candidates in the closely watched U.S. Senate race gathered at opposite ends of the state.
Thousands of Rep. Beto O'Rourke
's supporters have been watching the election results at a minor league baseball stadium in the Texas Democratic senate candidate's native El Paso.
At U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
's party in Houston, supporters were cautiously optimistic throughout Tuesday night before cheers erupted at news of the senator's victory.
Cruz, a Houston native, has held his seat since 2013.Ted Cruz re-election campaign 'confident' but 'not taking anything for granted'
In the months leading up to the election, polls have showed Cruz defeating O'Rourke
by as many as nine points.
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