Republicans hold on to Texas seats
Democrats made major gains in the United States House and Senate, but not in Texas.
Republicans are expected to make a slight gain relative to their holdings in the House and gather more seats in the Texas Legislature.
In Texas, U.S. Senate incumbent Republican John Cornyn held onto his seat with a hefty lead of over Democratic challenger Rick Noriega.
Cornyn defeated Noriega 54.7 to 42.9 percent, with 93 percent of districts reporting as of 1:19 a.m., according to The New York Times.
Democrats would have to secure 60 seats in the Senate to make their control filibuster proof.
Democratic challenger Kay Hagan defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole 52.7 percent to 44.2 percent in the battleground state of North Carolina.
Dole endorsed a commercial that suggested Hagan was the favored candidate of godless Americans, showing a picture of Hagan while another woman announces, "There is no God."
It’s expected that Republicans will hold 20 of 32 of the U.S. Congressional seats in Texas, which is up from the previous legislature.
In 2006 Republicans held 19 of 32 U.S. congressional seats in Texas, down from in 2004 when Republicans held 21 of the 32 U.S. House seats.
The Texas race for the U.S. House boils down to three close races in District 7, District 10 and District 22 where there was a chance for a turnover.
Out of the three districts only in one race did the incumbent lose.
Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson is expected to lose his seat to Republican challenger in the U.S. District 22.
The surge of new voters was expected to swing in Democratic favor, but that surge appeared muted in Texas.
District 22, once held by former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, was one of the GOP’s major goals.
The surge of new voters that boosted Democratic chances in Districts 7 and 10 didn’t rally enough support to come within 10 percent point of either Republican incumbent.
In District 7 Republican incumbent state Rep. John Culberson bested challenger Democratic Michael Skelly with a double-digit lead in the polls.
District 7 remains a vital district, as not only is it one of the richest, but former President George H. W. Bush also once served in the office.
In District 10 Republican incumbent Rep. Mike McCaul crushed challenger Democratic Larry Joe Doherty.
As of press time Democrats controlled 242 of the 435 seats in the U.S. House, meaning they will retain control of the house.
Democrats now control both houses and the presidency, but Republicans remain the party in power in Texas.