Nonetheless, O'Rourke has raised significantly out-raised Cruz.
The series opener takes place at 6 p.m.at Southern Methodist University, with the next two are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30 in Houston and Tuesday, Oct. 16, in San Antonio. Ted Cruz by two points.
A Texas sheriff slammed Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) for making critical statements about law enforcement's treatment of African-Americans. O'Rourke said Texas was ready for a senator who will protect the Second Amendment while imposing small restrictions to save lives and prevent mass shootings. Men back Cruz 57 - 42 percent.
"Dr. Christine Blasey Ford may testify about her allegations of attempted sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh", the debate moderator asked Cruz. The justices Mr. O'Rourke wants on the court are the same as those favored by people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Mr. Cruz argued, once again tying Mr. O'Rourke's platform to those Democratic figures unpopular in the Lone Star State. He also said that O'Rourke was more to the left on policy than Sen.
"I think Congressman O'Rourke is passionate, he is energetic", Cruz then told the crowd.More news: Manchester City's Leroy Sane pleased to cap 'fantastic week' with goal
Looming over the race is the omnipresence of President Trump. President Trump has pledged to hold a rally in Texas with Cruz ahead of the election.
Cruz, a seasoned debater for many years who gained even more prominent experience as a presidential candidate in 2016, will likely us tonight's battle with O'Rourke as a chance to calm Republican nerves that he could lose his seat and imperil the party's slim 51 to 49 majority in the U.S. Senate.
Both candidates tried to don the mantle as a "fighter", although Mr. Cruz warned at the end that should Mr. O'Rourke be elected his causes may not jibe with many Texans.
Cruz said that Dr. Martin Luther King would not have "stood for" Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests, during which the NFL player famously kneeled pregame to bring awareness to police-involved violence.