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UPDATED: Cruz Ekes out a Victory over O'Rourke and Hurd Keeps His Seat 

click to enlarge Beto O'Rourke presses the flesh during a recent campaign stop in San Antonio. - SANFORD NOWLIN
  • Sanford Nowlin
  • Beto O'Rourke presses the flesh during a recent campaign stop in San Antonio.
While early poll results suggested Democratic underdog Beto O'Rourke may be headed toward an upset victory over Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, news outlets are now calling the race for Cruz.

With 60 percent of precincts tallied, Cruz had taken almost 52 percent of the vote, leading his opponent by 4 points.

The race pitted O'Rourke, a progressive rockstar of a candidate who eschewed PAC money, against Cruz, a one-time presidential candidate and one of the public faces of the modern conservative movement.

O'Rourke's promise to campaign in all 254 Texas counties helped shine a national spotlight on the race. But, ultimately, that wasn't enough to give him a win in deep red Texas, which hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office in nearly a quarter of a century.

District 23 U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, Republican, also appeared to deflect a tight challenge from Democratic rival Gina Ortiz Jones. NBC News moments ago projected a victory for the incumbent, but overnight news outlets retracted their projections and declared the race too close to call.

Meanwhile, Democratic challengers to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton were still running tighter-than-expected races. However, both incumbents were pulling ahead as more votes were tallied.

Here's what early results from the Texas Secretary of State and Bexar County Elections are showing as of 10:42 p.m. Keep in mind these are early results and likely to shift over the night.

U.S. Senate:
Ted Cruz (R) 51.60%
Beto O'Rourke (D) 47.67%

U.S. Rep., District 20:
Joaquin Castro (D) 80.58%
Jeffrey Blunt (L) 19.41%

U.S. Rep., District 21:
Chip Roy (R) 51.47%
Joseph Kopser (D) 46.58%

U.S. Rep., District 23:
Will Hurd (R) 50.64%
Gina Ortiz Jones (D) 47.42%

U.S. Rep., District 35:
Lloyd Doggett (D) 70.93%
David Smalling (R) 26.52%

Greg Abbott (R) 56.72%
Lupe Valdez (D) 41.73%

Lt. Governor:
Dan Patrick (R) 52.31%
Mike Collier (D) 47.50%

Attorney General:
Ken Paxton (R) 51.65%
Justin Nelson (D) 46.17%

San Antonio Charter Propositions:
A. Easier voter referendums: 45.00% for-55.00% against
B. City manager pay: 58.31% for-41.66% for
C. Union contract arbitration: 49.74% for-50.26% against

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