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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. Anchor Elaine Quijano and political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns will be live to provide post-debate commentary and discussion.

How to watch the Ted Cruz – Beto O'Rourke debate

  • What: Texas Senate candidates debate
  • Who: Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D)
  • Where: KENS-TV studios – San Antonio, Texas
  • Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET)
  • Live stream: CBSN live stream in player above
  • Live blog:  Follow Cruz - O'Rourke debate live updates
  • Watch: Second debate preview

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.

Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, shake hands after a debate at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on Sept. 21, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. Getty