Republican Senator John Cornyn needed to win the Texas Senate race

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) attends a Senate Justice Committee meeting to appoint Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court on October 22, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Republican Senator John Cornyn is set to win re-election in Texas, according to NBC News.

He will defeat Democrat MJ Hegar, who presented GOP legislators with a tougher challenge than he has so far in his Senate career. When NBC News predicted Cornyn’s win in Texas, the presidential race there was too early to call.

The Senator’s planned victory gives Republicans a little more leeway as they try to hold their 53-47 majority in the Senate.

Cornyn was first elected to the US Senate in 2002. The San Antonio senator sits on the Senate’s finance, intelligence, and justice committees.

Prior to representing the Lone Star State in the Senate, Cornyn was a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and a year’s Texas Attorney General.

Hegar is a U.S. Air Force combat veteran who held no public office. In 2018, Hegar just lost one race in the US House of Representatives to incumbent Republican Congressman John Carter.

The native round rocker completed three tours in Afghanistan as a Medevac pilot and received the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor.

Polls in the race had shown Cornyn a slight lead.

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