Republican Ted Cruz Re-Elected To Senate In Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to supporters during his election night gathering at the Hilton Houston Post Oak on November 06, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Sen. Cruz defeated democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) to keep his Senate seat. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

 

Texas Republican Ted Cruz won re-election to a second term in the Senate, beating off Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in one of America’s most expensive and closely watched midterm races, US news networks projected Tuesday.

Cruz — a 47-year-old who battled President Donald Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — overcame major deficits in fundraising to ultimately defeat his charismatic rival, whose campaign electrified Democrats across the country and was backed by a galaxy of stars from Beyonce to Jim Carrey and LeBron James.

A win for O’Rourke, 46, a three-time congressman and former punk rocker whose given names are Robert Francis but who goes by Beto, would have amounted to a political earthquake in the reliably Republican “Lone Star State,” but he ultimately fell short.

Cruz’s campaign meanwhile was given a late boost by his former rival Trump, who belatedly stumped for the Cuban American two weeks before the vote.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump infamously insulted the looks of Cruz’s wife Heidi, vaguely suggested Cruz’s father had played a role in John F. Kennedy’s assassination and tagged him with the nickname “Lyin’ Ted” — an insult used by O’Rourke.

Cruz’s victory represented a significant boost for the Republican party as it looked set to retain control of the upper chamber of Congress.

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Pop Singer Beyonce Lends Support To Texas Democrat O’Rourke

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Hours before polls closed in one of America’s most closely watched Senate races pop superstar Beyonce lent her support to Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican Ted Cruz.

Beyonce, a Houston native, posted a series of self-portraits that showed her sporting a cap with the slogan “Beto for Senate” and the message: “Every vote counts.”

“Every race matters,” the queen of pop wrote. “We can’t voice our frustrations and complain about what’s wrong without voting and exercising our power to make it right.”

“We need you.”

O’Rourke – a charismatic three-time congressman and former punk band member – tweeted his thanks to Beyonce, who in the past has thrown her star power behind Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

The high-profile 11th-hour endorsement came as American voters were pouring into polling stations to wrap a heated midterm campaign seen as a test of Donald Trump’s contentious presidency.

O’Rourke’s battle against Ted Cruz – a 47-year-old who fought Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination – is one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races in the sharply divided United States.

A win from the 46-year-old O’Rourke – whose given names are Robert Francis but who goes by Beto – would post a major win for the embattled Democratic Party.

Beyonce was a last-minute addition to the list of stars backing O’Rourke, who also garnered support from Houston hip-hop artist Travis Scott and NBA royalty LeBron James.

“Sending you all love and positivity on this happy voting day!” Beyonce wrote.

Hillary Clinton Secures Democratic Nomination For President

Hilary ClintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday.

She becomes the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history.

Delegates from South Dakota gave Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383 votes needed to win the nomination during a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

After a tough battle with Democratic rival U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton is now the party’s standard-bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the November 8 election.

Supporters of Clinton say her Washington credentials show she has the experience needed for the White House during troubled times as the United States tries to speed up its economic recovery and faces security challenges abroad.

Ted Cruz Booed For Failing To Back Donald Trump

Ted CruzAn angry crowd booed Texas Senator, Ted Cruz for failing to endorse Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, during a speech at the party convention in Cleveland.

Mr Cruz only went as far as congratulating the man who was his bitter rival in the primary contests.

Cruz began his speech saying: “I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night.”

Later in the speech, he urged: “Please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

Some critics saw the appeal for people to vote their conscience as a vote of no-confidence in Trump.

Republican strategist Eric Fehrnstrom, who is not affiliated with any campaign, tweeted: “‘Vote your conscience’ was the rallying cry of the Never Trump movement.

“For Cruz to bring that message into #RNC hall was a colossal error.”

“It’s taken me about 30 minutes to calm down and stop shaking with anger,” said Erik Layton, an alternate delegate from California who had shouted: “Go home” at Cruz after his speech. “I just don’t know why Cruz did this. It baffles my mind.”

But angry chants of “we want trump!” and “endorse trump!” grew louder as the senator came to the end of his speech.

Indiana Governor, Mike Pence then took centre stage to give his vice-presidential acceptance speech.

But analysts say Mr Cruz will steal the headlines after stoking the rage of the convention, to such an extent that his wife Heidi had to be escorted from the floor.

Hillary Clinton Gets Required Delegates For Democratic Nomination

Hillary ClintonReports say White House hopeful, Hillary Clinton may have clinched the democratic nomination for US President after reaching the required number of delegates.

An Associated Press (AP) count puts Mrs Clinton on 2,383 – the number needed to make her the presumptive nominee. If confirmed, she will become the first female nominee for a major US political party.

Clinton’s delegate count is expected to grow on Tuesday when six states, including California and New Jersey, hold contests.

Speaking in Long Beach, California, on Monday, Clinton said she was still focused on Tuesday and the votes that may come from those states.

“We are on the brink of a historic, historic unprecedented moment but we still have work to do, don’t we?” she said. “We have six elections tomorrow and are going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”

Rival, Bernie Sanders, however, said that Mrs Clinton has not won as she is dependent on super delegates who cannot vote until the party’s July convention.

A Sanders campaign spokesman, Michael Briggs said that it was wrong to count the votes of super delegates before they cast ballots at the Democratic National Convention in July.

“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those super delegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump,” Briggs said in a statement

But the AP said Mrs Clinton reached the threshold with a big win in Puerto-Rico and a burst of last-minute support from super delegates.

Clinton has 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses, and Sanders has 1,521. She also has the support of 571 super delegates, according to an AP count, compared to 48 for Sanders.

US Election: Trump, Clinton Win New York Primaries

Donald-Trump-Hillary-ClintonRepublican front runner, Donald Trump, and democrat front runner, Hillary Clinton, are still celebrating after emerging victors in the New York primaries of the United States presidential elections.

The highly anticipated event which took place on Tuesday left Mr Trump with the majority of votes counted as he looks forward to extending his lead over rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich.

The American businessman looked set to take nearly all the 95 Republican delegates at stake.

He said on BBC that his nearest rival, Ted Cruz was “just about mathematically eliminated”.

On the democrat side, Mrs Clinton said that her democratic nomination was in sight after victory over Bernie Sanders.

With more than 98% of the results in, Trump is leading with at least 60% of the vote while Clinton has just under 58%.

US Election: Trump Seeks One-On-One Battle With Cruz

TrumpUS Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, has expressed willingness to battle Ted Cruz one-on-one.

Subsequent to the American billionaire’s statement, he made an appeal to other rivals to quit the nomination race.

BBC says that Mr Trump told a news conference after wins in the Republican Kentucky caucuses and Louisiana primary election that “I would love to take on Ted Cruz one on one”.

Mr Cruz on his part, also suggested that it was time for other contenders, like Marco Rubio and John Kasich, to step aside.

He said that as long as the field remains divided, it gives the US Republican presidential front-runner an advantage.

Mr Trump and Mr Cruz won two states each in Saturday’s voting.

In the democratic race, while Mr Bernie Sanders took two states, Mrs Hillary Clinton maintained her front-runner status after a big victory in Louisiana.

US Election: Clinton, Trump Win More States

ClintonIt seems democrat Hillary Clinton, and republican Donald Trump may both emerge as their party’s candidates soon, as both have won the most states in Super Tuesday vote.

Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia were among the states where both triumphed.

Mr Trump was defeated by his closest opponent, Ted Cruz in Texas and Oklahoma.

Democrat Bernie Sanders won four, including his home state of Vermont.

Super Tuesday sees 11 states voting on the biggest single day ahead of the November 8 presidential election.Donald Trump

In her victory speech, Mrs Clinton seemed to already be looking towards a potential presidential race against Donald Trump, saying: “the stakes in this election have never been higher and the rhetoric we are hearing on the other side has never been lower.”

Donald trump, on his part, insisted that he was a “unifier” who can put internal fighting in the Republican Party behind him to focus on a general election race against Mrs Clinton.

US Election 2016: Trump Wins South Carolina, As Clinton Takes Nevada

" Donald Trump has won the South Carolina primary in the republican race for the US President.

In the democratic contest, Hillary Clinton also defeated Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, in a tight race in Nevada.

Both results would be key ahead of the “Super Tuesday” round on March 1, when a dozen more states would make their choice.

Trump’s victory claimed a major scalp when former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, dropped out of the race.

He finished a distant fourth, days after former President, George Bush, made a rare political appearance to boost his brother’s campaign.

Republican Senators, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, were locked in a battle for second place in the state.

For Republicans, Trump is the one boasting a winning streak. He had a second-place finish in Iowa and double-digit victories in New Hampshire and now in South Carolina.

US Election: George W Bush Campaigns For Brother Jeb

BushThe race for the White House is getting tougher and in a bid to ensure that Jeb Bush stays in the race and eventually succeeds, former President George W Bush has hit the campaign trail.

On Monday, he met veterans and appeared at a rally in South Carolina, ahead of Saturday’s primary election.

Jeb bush, the former Florida Governor, has spent a lot of campaign cash but failed to make an impact.

He is struggling to catch up with Mr Trump and Texas senator Ted Cruz, who won the New Hampshire and Iowa contests respectively.

However, George W Bush’s legacy has come under fierce attack from Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

The rally comes after Jeb Bush’s most forceful debate performance of the campaign, when he pushed back on Donald Trump for attacking his brother’s national security record.

“I’m sick and tired of him going after my family,” Jeb Bush said Saturday night. “My dad is the greatest man alive, in my mind. While Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe and I’m proud of what he did.”

 

US Election 2016: Trump And Sanders Win New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders and Donald TrumpRepublican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have shaken up the US presidential race with decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

Ohio Governor, John Kasich, came second in the republican vote, with former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, Texas Senator, Ted Cruz and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio all vying for third place.

In the democratic race, Senator Bernie Sanders, who beat rival Hillary Clinton by a huge margin, said his victory showed people want “real change”.

Analysts said that both candidates were riding on a wave of discontent with mainstream politics.

New Hampshire is the second state to choose delegates in the long nomination battle following last week’s Iowa caucuses, which were won by Mr Cruz for the republicans and Mrs Clinton for the democrats.

With close to 90% of the votes counted, Senator Sanders has a lead of more than 20 percentage points over Mrs Clinton in the two-horse race for the Democratic nomination. He had topped polls in New Hampshire in recent months, but it is still a significant victory for the self-described Democratic socialist candidate.

The result gives momentum to the winners ahead of the next contests in South Carolina and Nevada.

The CNN reports that New Hampshire also delivered a painful personal blow to Hillary Clinton, who squeezed out the narrowest of victories in Iowa last week.

The scale of her defeat by more than 20 points is likely to fuel signs of growing internal rancor in her campaign and complaints by Democrats that her message as a progressive, who gets results, is no match for Sanders’ heady demands for a political revolution, which has inspired younger Democratic voters.

The loss was especially rough because New Hampshire has long been kind to the Clintons.

It’s the state that made Bill Clinton the “comeback kid” in 1992. Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama there in 2008, salvaging her campaign after a third-place showing in Iowa.

US Election: Ted Cruz Wins Iowa Republican Vote

Ted cruzUS Republican contender Ted Cruz is now ahead of his main rival Donald Trump as he has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, the first vote of the US 2016 presidential election.

He took 28% of the Republican vote, ahead of former front runner Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio.

Mr Trump congratulated the Texas senator and said he was “honoured” by the second-place finish.

Meanwhile, the democratic race has been declared as a virtual tie by some US media.

With 95% of of votes already in, Clinton has earned 49.8% of delegates, compared to 49.6% for rival Bernie Sanders.

Analyses have shown that Sanders draws his support disproportionately from white voters, while black and Hispanic voters lean more toward Clinton.

So the fact that Clinton earned about half the delegates in lily-white Iowa is considered a good sign for her, because it suggests she could do even better in states like South Carolina and Nevada where many Democratic voters are black or Hispanic.