The Texas Senate race between Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBredesen says he won't back Schumer for Senate Dem leader Webb: The new mob: Anti-American Dems Ignored Latino vote will be key in future elections MORE (R) and Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeBredesen says he won't back Schumer for Senate Dem leader NY Times columnist Bret Stephens calls Ted Cruz ‘a serpent covered in Vaseline’ Former Bush aide on Ted Cruz getting chased out of DC restaurant: ‘Sick town’ 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 TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign 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.