WATCH: Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke debate

By Julie Moreno - Executive Producer/Social Media

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, faced off Friday for their first debate in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country.

The debate was held at Southern Methodist University and was the first of three hourlong debates between the candidates. The second debate is scheduled for Sept. 30 in Houston. The third debate will take place in San Antonio on Oct. 16.

Watch the whole debate in the video player above. 

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