Cornyn Holds Off Noriega Challenge

Noriega missed it by a million

Sen. John Cornyn addresses supporters at the Four Seasons Tuesday after his victory over Democrat Rick Noriega.
Sen. John Cornyn addresses supporters at the Four Seasons Tuesday after his victory over Democrat Rick Noriega. (Photo by John Anderson)

In retrospect, the race for the U.S. Senate was entirely predictable. Republican John Cornyn was a weak incumbent – but not weak enough in a state that still isn't quite ready to turn Democratic.

Despite a solid record of service in the Texas House and strong military credentials with a career in the Army and the Texas Nation­al Guard (including service in Afghan­istan), Rep. Rick Noriega of Houston garnered only about 43% of the vote, while Cornyn got close to 55%. Libertarian Yvonne Adams Schick took 2%.

"I want to congratulate John Cornyn and his supporters on a hard fought campaign," Noriega said in a statement from Houston. "We ran a good campaign, and I am proud of our efforts. From the beginning, we knew it would be an uphill battle. We didn't have as much money as our opponent, but I think we forced him to work for every vote.

"I can say that my belief in the decency and spirit of Texans has never been greater. We grow great people in this state. I've said over and over again during this campaign that Texas' greatest resource is her people. And to those of you who have worked on my behalf, who have given me an encouraging word, who have kept me in your prayers, I can't open up my heart big enough to show my thanks. I'll never forget your commitment to improving the lives of all Texans. I'm going to continue fighting for what I believe in and serving my state and country."

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