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1/ Texas Democrats were hoping for a historic year in 2018. What they got instead was hope for 2020.

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2/ One source of Democratic optimism: single-digit victories this year for a handful of Republican incumbents who swept into office by double digits in 2014.

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3/ Other bright spots for Democrats came in the U.S. House and the Texas House, where Democrats knocked off powerful Republicans.

Beto O’Rourke didn’t quite topple Ted Cruz, but he carried Democrats to victory in battlegrounds suburbs.

4/ In the Texas House, Democrats picked up 11 seats, bringing the minority party to a level it hasn’t seen in years.

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5/ In the Texas Senate, Democrats knocked off two Republican incumbents. But Texas Republicans continue to hold the powerful 19-seat advantage.

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6/ Texas Democrats were poised to flip four major appeals courts, taking back majorities in the judicial districts that serve Austin, Dallas and Houston.

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7/ If Texas Democrats achieved a little more than a crack in the dam, its placement was noteworthy. Beto O’Rourke led battleground suburban counties like Williamson and Hays.
8/ The historic margin could change the national calculus on the country’s second-largest electoral prize during the 2020 presidential run.

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9/9 That could be especially true if Beto O’Rourke makes a presidential bid.

He has said he won't.

But in his exhausted, emotional goodbye Tuesday night, O’Rourke did not entirely dismiss that possibility.

“We will see you out there down the road.”
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