The Texas Senate race between Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (R) and Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkePoll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates 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 TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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.