The Latest: Crazy in Love? Beyonce endorses O'Rourke

Published 11-06-2018

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on U.S. Senate elections (all times local):

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Beyonce has endorsed Texas Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke over Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the final hours before her home state's polls close.

The native Houstonian released a series of Instagram posts with a black and white "Beto" cap partially covering her face on Tuesday afternoon.

O'Rourke himself then retweeted one of the pictures under the caption "Thank you, Beyonce."

An El Paso congressman, O'Rourke is trying to become the first Democrat to win statewide office in Texas since 1994. He's drawn the admiration of many celebrities, including Texas country music icon Willie Nelson.

Cruz dismisses his opponent's upset-minded campaign as too liberal for Texas since O'Rourke supports universal health care and impeaching President Donald Trump.

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Republicans are aiming to retain Senate control in Tuesday's voting.

Democrats' longshot prospects for capturing a Senate majority are pinned on hopes of their supporters surging to the polls. Democrats and s

Cruz dismisses his opponent's upset-minded campaign as too liberal for Texas since O'Rourke supports universal health care and impeaching President Donald Trump.

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2 p.m.

Republicans are aiming to retain Senate control in Tuesday's voting.

Democrats' longshot prospects for capturing a Senate majority are pinned on hopes of their supporters surging to the polls. Democrats and some independents have been motivated by Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and policies and his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under President Barack Obama.

The Democrats have history on their side: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority. Democrats need to gain two Senate seats to win a majority. But they and their two independent allies

2 p.m.

Republicans are aiming to retain Senate control in Tuesday's voting.

Democrats' longshot prospects for capturing a Senate majority are pinned on hopes of their supporters surging to the polls. Democrats and some independents have been motivated by Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and policies and his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under President Barack Obama.

The Democrats have history on their side: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority. Democrats need to gain two Senate seats to win a majority. But they and their two independent allies are defending 26 of the 35 seats in play. Those 26 seats include 10 in states that Trump won in 2016.

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Incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., leaves her polling place after voting Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Kirkwood, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) - The Associated Press


Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for the Senate in Texas, waves to supporters as he leaves a polling place with his family after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) - The Associated Press


Former Gov. Phil Bredesen votes Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Bredesen is running against Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) - The Associated Press


Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a campaign event Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cypress, Texas. Cruz is being challenged by Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) - The Associated Press


Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley waves to the crowd after being introduced by President Donald Trump during a campaign rally Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) - The Associated Press


U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., campaigns at a restaurant, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Smyrna, Tenn. Blackburn is running against former Gov. Phil Bredesen for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) - The Associated Press