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PHOTOS: Scenes From The Cruz And O'Rourke Election Night Watch Parties

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Gabriel C. Pérez (O'Rourke); Julia Reihs (Cruz)
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This midterm, the U.S. Senate race in Texas captivated the entire country and was touted as a bellwether for Democrats' future in the deep-red state. On election night, KUT journalists Julia Reihs and Gabriel C. Pérez joined Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O'Rourke, respectively, as they watched the results come in.

Here's what they saw:

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Jose Maybit Lopez, an intern with the Ted Cruz campaign, irons the Texas flag before Cruz's watch party at the Hilton Houston Post Oak. Lopez, who is 18, says he wants to get involved in politics.
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Beto O'Rourke supporters line up for an election night watch party at Southwestern University Park, a baseball stadium in El Paso.

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From left, Heike Seiltgen, Effy Mullins and Ashley Womack say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of Cruz's watch party at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.

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From left, Raneem Karboji, Melissa Martinez and her son Robert, Itzel Payan and Cindy Flores react as O'Rourke addresses supporters.

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Republicans watch as election results come in during Cruz's watch party in Houston.

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After being neck and neck with O'Rourke all night, Cruz pulls out ahead and is declared the winner.
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Hong Teachout (center) and Sheila Tackett (right) cheer as Cruz takes the stage to give his victory speech.

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From left, Cindy Flores, Caroline Salas and Sangeeta Kurado react as O'Rourke delivers his concession speech.

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Cruz supporter Marie Rice waits for the senator to address the crowd after defeating O'Rourke.

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O'Rourke addresses supporters after conceding the race to Cruz.

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Heidi Cruz celebrates her husband's victory.

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Raneem Karboji cries as O'Rourke delivers his concession speech.

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O'Rourke supporters embrace as the Democratic candidate's election night watch party wraps up.
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Cruz thanks supporters and tells the crowd this was an election about hope and the future of Texas.

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