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President Trump will hold a rally on October 22, the first day of early voting, at NRG Arena in Houston.

SEN: A new poll conducted by WPAi (PDF) for Club for Growth Action shows U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) leading U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), 52%-43%, with Libertarian nominee Neal Dikeman polling at 4%. This is Cruz’s polling firm, and Club for Growth Action has endorsed Cruz, so this poll could be considered an internal poll. Cruz’s favorability rating was 53/42. O’Rourke’s was 45/45. The poll of 801 “likely voters” was conducted via live telephone interviews (39% mobile) from October 8-13. The stated margin of error is ±3.5%. No crosstabs or other information was provided.

Meanwhile, the Dikeman campaign announced it filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging CNN of making an illegal in-kind contribution to the O’Rourke campaign. The network intends to air a town hall on October 18 between Cruz and O’Rourke, but Cruz declined the invitation. Dikeman argued that the event “can no longer qualify as a debate, which requires multiple candidates” and it otherwise is “clearly not typical od news coverage made generally available to or on other candidates.” Dikeman estimated the value of the contribution to be $10M.

Cruz and O’Rourke are scheduled to debate tomorrow (Tuesday) in San Antonio at 8 p.m.

AG: The Houston Chronicle endorsed Democratic challenger Justin Nelson over Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R).

COMP: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Comptroller Glenn Hegar (R).

LAND: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Comm. George P. Bush (R).

AGRIC: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Democratic challenger Kim Olson over Comm. Sid Miller (R).

SC2: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Democratic challenger Steven Kirkland over Justice Jimmy Blacklock (R).

SD9: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills).

HD112: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Garland).

HD120: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D-San Antonio).

CD2 open: The campaign of Democratic nominee Todd Litton released a new ad, “No Joke.”

Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle endorsed Litton over Republican nominee Dan Crenshaw.

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