Cruz vs. O'Rourke: Two polls show different results

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A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday put Cruz nine percentage points ahead of O'Rourke among likely voters. CBS News rates the race as Lean Republican.

There were almost 45,000 "O'Rourke" tweets as well, and all three terms became top trends in the U.S. The tweets may lean toward O'Rourke, but as the congressman said onstage at Southern Methodist University, 50 percent of rural Texans don't have reliable access to broadband internet. But O'Rourke has focused heavily on courting women, Latinos and young voters, has developed a strong following on social media, and has proven to be a fund-raising dynamo, outpacing Cruz's efforts.

Cruz and O'Rourke will face off again September 30 in Houston and October 16 in San Antonio.

"Dr. Christine Blasey Ford may testify about her allegations of attempted sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh", the debate moderator asked Cruz.

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"We're talking about criminal justice reform", O'Rourke said to the audience, "let's talk about where this problem started".

"You see a lot more O'Rourke signs in affluent Republican-leaning areas than you might typically see for a Democratic candidate". His campaign touts that he has visited all of Texas' 254 counties.

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"This goes to the heart of massive policy divisions", Mr. Cruz said, noting Mr. O'Rourke opposes Mr. Kavanaugh's nomination.

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The debate will be a major test for O'Rourke, a former member of a punk rock band who has become a cause célèbre for many Democrats who believe he can be an effective messenger for progressive policies like marijuana legalization and raising the minimum wage. O'Rourke shouted out his "uncle Raymond", who taught him to shoot a firearm and was in law enforcement.

"Sorry you don't like thoughts and prayers", Mr. Cruz shot back, adding he would pray for anyone at any time.

The challenger, a three-term El Paso Democrat, blistered past the first-term tea party GOP senator in fundraising this summer.

Looming over the race is the omnipresence of President Trump.

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