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Election roundup: Beto O'Rourke loses to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; Sarah Huckabee Sanders wins Arkansas governor's race; JD Vance wins US Senate race in Ohio
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Election roundup: Beto O'Rourke loses to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; Sarah Huckabee Sanders wins Arkansas governor's race; JD Vance wins US Senate race in Ohio

Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke lost the Lone Star State's gubernatorial election to incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, according to an Associated Press race call.

While O'Rourke has previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives, he has failed in other election bids. O'Rourke lost a 2018 U.S. Senate race to incumbent Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. The Democrat mounted a White House bid in 2019 but later dropped out that same year. Now, as the loser of the state's 2022 gubernatorial contest, O'Rourke has added another unsuccessful political campaign to his resume.

In the state of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has won the governor's race, according to the AP's race call. The daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders gained national prominence while serving as White House press secretary during a portion of President Donald Trump's tenure in office.

In the Buckeye State's U.S. Senate contest, Republican candidate J.D. Vance defeated Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, according to the AP's race call. Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who lost her primary earlier this year to a Trump-backed candidate, had noted that she would vote for Ryan if she were an Ohio voter.

In Georgia, incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams, securing his second straight win against Abrams, whom he had previously defeated during the Peach State's 2018 gubernatorial contest.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who survived a recall election last year, coasted to reelection in the Golden State, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis soundly defeated Democrat Charlie Crist in the Sunshine State. Earlier this year, Crist, a Republican turned Democrat, said that he did not want the votes of DeSantis supporters, and he accused the governor's backers of harboring hate within their hearts.

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