AUSTIN (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has defeated little-known Democrat David Alameel to win his third term.
Cornyn’s victory Tuesday was little surprise after he trounced tea-party challenger and U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman in March’s Republican primary. Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.
Though Texas’ senior senator has been criticized by some conservative activists for being too cozy with the Republican establishment, his name-recognition and fundraising prowess remain strong.
Cornyn’s campaign also worked to woo Hispanic voters.
Alameel is a millionaire who founded a chain of successful dental clinics. As a former donor to top Texas Republicans, he struggled to gain traction with Democrats.