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Cruz, O'Rourke battle it out in first of three Texas debates

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Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke on stage during the debate. Photo: Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke held their first debate on Friday, both calling each other out for being "out of step" with Texas, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The first debate came at a crucial point in the race with political analyst Charlie Cook labeling the state a toss up on Friday. Cruz, the more experienced debate candidate, had more screen time, and may see a boost as these debates continue if O'Rourke continues to struggle to dominate the forum.

Blue wave alert: Texas Senate race now a toss-up

Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rouke stands for a photo between the Mexico-Texas border
Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rouke. Photo: Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Getty Images

Political analyst Charlie Cook today changed his race rating for the Texas Senate race to toss-up from "lean Republican." He also moved the race rating in West Virginia in favor of Democrats and the Montana race in favor of Republicans.

Why it matters: Republican Ted Cruz facing a serious challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke in Texas is yet another sign of the momentum building for a "blue wave" in November. Cruz and O’Rourke will face off in Dallas tonight for the first of three scheduled debates.