The Texas Senate race between Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGoogle official denies allegations of ties to China The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book MORE (R) and Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren lead 2020 Democrats in New Hampshire Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats by 13 points, followed by Sanders, Warren and Harris MORE (D) has been shifted in the Democrat's direction by the Cook Political Report, a major nonpartisan election handicapper.

Cook shifted the race from its “likely Republican” column to “lean Republican” on Friday, stating that recent polling suggests a tighter race.

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Earlier this week, a Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday showed the race between the two is neck and neck, with Cruz leading O'Rourke 41 percent to 39 percent among likely voters.

Cook also noted a Gravis Marketing (R)(IVR) poll from early July that showed Cruz with a 9-point lead over O'Rourke, 51-42 percent.

Texas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in three decades, but the party thinks it has a chance to pull off an upset with O'Rourke, who raised more than $10.4 million in his second fundraising quarter.

Cruz, who ran for president in 2016 and tangled with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE during the campaign, reportedly raised $4 million over the same period of time, which brought him to $10 million in cash-on-hand, according to the Houston Chronicle.