Nov. 7, 2018: Republicans held their U.S. Senate majority after a series of victories in battleground states yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018--dashing any hopes of a Democratic takeover and a promising start to the Republican’s efforts to pad its majority. A pair of Democratic incumbents, Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, were ousted in North Dakota and Indiana, respectively. In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott clung to a slim lead over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson with the vast majority of the votes counted. And in Missouri, Republican Josh Hawley jumped to a big early lead over Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Sen. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, held on in Texas, beating back a stiff challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke to receive a second term. O’Rourke shattered fundraising records and gave Cruz a closer contest than Republicans have seen statewide in Texas in years, but in the end the state’s Republican voters turned out to keep Cruz in office. Democrats did notch an early victory in West Virginia to limit their potential losses, however, with Sen. Joe Manchin holding his seat. In Ohio, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was declared an early winner over Republican Rep. Jim Renacci.