John Cornyn tops David Alameel to win third US Senate term

Texas Sen. John Cornyn is interviewed at the Republican Party of Texas headquarters on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Cornyn has defeated little-known Democrat David Alameel to win his third term. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
Texas Sen. John Cornyn is interviewed at the Republican Party of Texas headquarters on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Cornyn has defeated little-known Democrat David Alameel to win his third term. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)

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.

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