Texans smashed midterm voter turnout records this election cycle, casting more ballots during the early voting period than they did in the entire 2014 election. Greg Abbott was re-elected governor with a vote of 55.8% to 42.5% over former Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez. Ted Cruz held on to defeat Beto O'Rourke 50.89% to 48.31%. All other statewide seats remained Republican, though by much closer margins than have been the norm.
Republicans lost two seats in the Senate (Huffines and Burton) and 12 seats in the House, but still maintain a majority of 19 to 12 in the Senate and 83 to 67 in the House. This means, hypothetically, nine Republicans could join with the Democratic caucus to choose the next Speaker.
The Republican losses in the Senate and House were confined to three areas: Dallas/Tarrant/Denton Counties (Dallas/Fort Worth), Travis/Williamson/Hays Counties (Austin/Central Texas), and Harris County (Houston).
See the results of the Texas 2018 midterm election