REPUBLICAN TED CRUZ of Texas has been re-elected for a second term in the US Senate after a neck-to-neck race against Democrat Beto O-Rourke, according to NBC News.
Republicans are now virtually assured of keeping control of the Senate in the midterm elections.
The race for the Texas Senate seat has been one of the most widely publicised and fiercely competitive of the midterm election run-up.
The incumbent Mr Cruz, faced an unexpected challenge in the charismatic media favourite, challenger Beto O’Rourke.
However, the deeply conservative Republican led consistently in the polls and the outcome did not come as a surprise.
Texas is a Republican stronghold, with the party holding the governor’s mansion, both Senate seats, and safe majorities in both chambers.
Mr Cruz’s victory came along a series of other GOP’s victories, which dashed any hopes of a Democratic takeover in the Senate.
Democratic Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, were ousted in North Dakota and Indiana, respectively.