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Beto O'Rourke & Texas Senator Ted Cruz Agree To Debate Dates

September 14, 2018 - 4:23 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - The highly anticipated first senatorial debate is set for September 21 in North Texas.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) will debate at Southern Methodist University in front of a live audience.

The hosts of Lone Star Politics, NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine, and The Dallas Morning News political writer Gromer Jeffers are the panelists.

That debate will air live on NBC 5 and livestreamed on NBC DFW.

The campaigns also announced debates in Houston and San Antonio.

The race is drawing national attention, and recent polls show it is close. A Texas NBC News Marist poll of registered voters showed O’Rourke trailing by 4 points, with 45 percent of the vote, to Cruz’s 49 percent.

Cruz was elected to the Senate in 2012, and ran for President in 2016. O’Rourke was elected to serve El Paso in 2012.

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