Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is re-elected despite a spirited challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Ted Cruz won a second term despite a spirited and well-financed challenge from Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, according to NBC and ABC. The race drew national attention, in part because its competitiveness signaled Texas might be changing from reliably Republican to a state that could be up for grabs. Ref. USAToday.
Supreme Court refuses to consider Texas' effort to overturn election results in key states. Texas had made, and President Donald Trump had endorsed, an 11th-hour effort to have the nation's highest court block Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin from casting their electoral votes for Joe Biden Monday when the Electoral College meets. Ref. USAToday.
Texas Democrats plan to flee state to halt GOP voting access bill. By leaving just days after Gov. Greg Abbott convened a special legislative session, Democrats would again deny the GOP majority a quorum to pass bills. And it comes a month after their walkout in the state House of Representatives thwarted the first push for sweeping new voting restrictions. Source 1a.