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Beto O’Rourke Swings Harder At Ted Cruz In Second Debate

SAN ANTONIO — In the lead-up to the U.S. Senate debate here Tuesday night, Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke heard from supporters who wanted him to take a more aggressive stance toward Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. It appears O'Rourke listened.

With Polls Showing Cruz Ahead, Second Debate Is O'Rourke's Big Chance To Change Minds

The Texas Senate race is one of the closest-watched midterm contests in the country. The Democratic challenger, Beto O’ Rourke, has been skateboarding through Facebook Lives, dueting with Willie Nelson and collecting a record $38 million in the last quarter — more than three times the total of incumbent Republican Ted Cruz. Still, polls show Cruz leading by as many as nine points .