By Thom Craver CBS News October 16, 2018, 5:48 PM How to watch, stream the Ted Cruz – Beto O'Rourke debate
The second, and likely last, debate between the two candidates for U.S. Senator in Texas – Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke – is tonight. With less than a month until Election Day, both candidates need every remaining opportunity to try to win over voters. The debate starts at 8 p.m. Central Time (9 p.m. Eastern) and a live stream will be simulcast on CBSN, the 24-hour digital streaming news service from CBS News.
Coverage of the debate will begin on CBSN around 8:45 p.m. ET. Afterwards, anchor Elaine Quijano and political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns will be live to provide post-debate commentary and discussion immediately after the debate concludes.
How to watch the Ted Cruz – Beto O'Rourke debate
Last week, O'Rourke, a congressman representing the El Paso area, announced his campaign had raised more than $38.1 million in the third quarter of 2018. The total, comprised of contributions from 802,836 individuals, is the largest quarterly fundraising haul in Senate history. O'Rourke also out-raised Cruz in the second quarter by $6 million.
The previous single-quarter fundraising record was set by New York Republican Rick Lazio 18 years ago. In that 2000 Senate race, Lazio raised $22 million in a losing bid against first lady Hillary Clinton.
Cruz remains ahead in recent polls. A CBS News poll showed Cruz ahead by six points, while a recent Quinnipiac poll had the Republican incumbent ahead by nine.