WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) – Republicans finished strong in Texas, as anticipated. Republican Greg Abbott is projected to handily defeat Democratic state senator Wendy Davis in the governor’s race.

Incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn is projected to win a third term against little-known Democratic challenger David Alameel.

Republican Ken Paxton has been elected Texas attorney general but could still take office under the cloud of a criminal investigation.

The state senator ran a shadow campaign after being fined $1,000 by state financial regulators in May for soliciting investment clients without registering. Prosecutors in Austin postponed a possible investigation into Paxton until after the election.

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