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Texas Take

Nov 8, 2018

The historic 2018 Texas election is in the books and even though some of the dust has yet to settle -- the vote counting continues in a few races -- there is plenty to be said for what it all means.

The race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke was so competitive that it drove Democrats to victories down the ballot in parts of Texas where they have not been competitive in the past. There is no doubt that a blue wave crashed into a red wall in Texas but not without doing some significant damage to the Republican Party's grip on power at the Capitol in Austin. Two Republican state senators lost their races while Democrats gained 12 seats in the Texas House.

Despite the energy behind O'Rourke, the GOP held the line in every statewide race including wins for Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, and others.

Go behind the headlines for a look at what's really going on at the Texas Capitol and in Washington with the state's #1 political podcast: The Texas Take. Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, Texas Public Radio Capitol reporter Ryan Poppe, and Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.