GOP’s Cornyn hangs on in face of Texas headwinds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas has defeated Democrat MJ Hegar in the closest reelection battle of his nearly 20 years in Washington.

His victory Tuesday night was crucial to Republicans’ hopes of preserving their imperiled Senate majority, although other GOP incumbents were facing even tougher reelection battles. Cornyn held an edge in polls and fundraising for most of the race but was still forced into mounting an unusually aggressive defense of his 18 years in the Senate.

It remains 26 years and counting since Democrats last won a statewide race in Texas.