Beto lost, but Texas had an epic turnout in the 2018 midterm election on November 6, with more than half of the eligible voters in the state taking to the polls. Republicans were re-elected in every statewide race, but Democrats gained 12 new seats in the Texas House of Representatives.
In one of the biggest victories for Democrats, Collin Allred defeated Republican incumbent Pete Sessions, who has been in office since 2003, for the U.S. House seat for District 32. Flipping this House seat helped push Democrats to take majority control of the lower chamber, winning 219 races across the country. Republicans now hold 193 seats.
Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz pulled off a narrow victory over Representative Beto O'Rourke, winning by 51 percent and 200,000 more votes than Beto.
In his concession speech, O'Rourke congratulated Cruz and thanked his supporters.
"I'm as inspired, I'm as hopeful, as I have ever been in my life, and tonight's loss does nothing to diminish what I feel about Texas and this country," O'Rourke said. He also dropped an enthusiastic F-bomb, stating that he was "so fucking proud of you guys" to his supporters.
Dallas County re-elected U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson by a whopping 91 percent.
Dallas County also gets a new district attorney: John Cruezot was elected with 60 percent, replacing incumbent Faith Johnson, who was appointed by Greg Abbott in 2016 to fill the seat vacated by Susan Hawk.
In other state house races, Dallas Democrat Nathan Johnson will replace Don Huffines in Senate District 16, and Julie Johnson will replace Matt Rinaldi in House District 115.
Women won big in the Texas House with five new players taking seats in North Texas including Michelle Beckley, who defeated Ron Simmons of Carrollton; Terry Meza, who defeated Republican state Representative Rodney Anderson of Grand Prairie; and Rhetta Bowers, who defeated Republican Jonathan Boos in Sunnyvale.
Voters approved all four ballot propositions for Dallas ISD. The propositions will allow the district to buy new buses, approves refunding tax notes, raises the tax rate, and approve attendance credits.
Statewide, Republicans were re-elected by slim margins. Governer Greg Abbott was re-elected by 56 percent, Dan Patrick won re-election to Lt. Governer by 51 percent, Ken Paxton kept his seat as Attorney General with 51 percent, Land Commission George P. Bush won with 54 percent, Christi Craddick received 53 percent of the vote for Railroad Commissioner, and Sid Miller won re-election to Agriculture Commissioner with 51 percent.