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Sen. Ted Cruz, right, and U.S. Rep Beto O'Rourke, left, will face off in November's election. Photos by Reuters.

Sen. Cruz, Democratic challenger O’Rourke secure party nominations in Texas primary

A closely watched match-up is set in Texas between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

Cruz and O’Rourke clinched their parties’ nominations Tuesday. O’Rourke is raising more money than Cruz so far but remains very unlikely to win in November.

Gov. Greg Abbott also clinched the Republican nomination for governor and enters the general election as a heavy favorite against whoever emerges from the Democratic primary.

READ MORE: What to watch in Tuesday’s Texas primary

Polling places in El Paso and far West Texas closed at 8 p.m. CST, an hour later than the rest of the state.

No Democrat has won a statewide race in Texas since 1994.

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