Cruz, O'Rourke coast to victory in Texas primaries

Cruz, O'Rourke coast to victory in Texas primaries

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian The case for a new branch of the military: United States Space Force The problem with hindsight MORE (R) and his Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke, coasted to primary victories in Texas on Tuesday, setting the pair up for a November showdown.

The Associated Press called the U.S. Senate primary races for Cruz and O’Rourke, respectively, less than an hour after the polls closed. 

As of 10 p.m. Eastern time, and with less than 10 percent of votes tallied, O’Rourke led his nearest challenger by roughly 40 percentage points. 

Cruz had an even wider margin, leading his nearest challenger by nearly 80 percentage points with 10 percent of the vote totaled.

O'Rourke, an El Paso resident, raised $2.3 million in the first six weeks of 2018, compared to Cruz's $800,000 over the same time period.

A January poll from the left-leaning End Citizens United group showed Cruz leading O'Rourke by 8 points — a low margin in a state that has long been a stronghold for the GOP.  

Cruz earlier Tuesday acknowledged the surge of energy among Democrats across the state, saying it's "absolutely" a cause for concern.

"We could end up with a Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] and a [Senate] Majority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerConscience protections for health-care providers should be standard Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise Dem super PAC launches ad defending Donnelly on taxes MORE [D-N.Y.]. In Texas, if conservatives stay home, if we rest on our laurels, we could see Texas turn blue," the senator said.