GOV: The Lupe Valdez (D) campaign has accepted an invitation to debate Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on September 28 in Austin hosted by Nexstar Media Group. Abbott accepted the invitation seven weeks ago, but Valdez objected to its being on a Friday night and insisted on some questions being asked in Spanish. Telemundo will simulcast the debate in Spanish.

SEN: No debate will occur Friday in Dallas between Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso). It was to the be the first of five debates proposed by the Cruz campaign, each in a different city and focused on different policy areas, all on Friday nights. O’Rourke countered that debates should be on different nights and wanted one in El Paso. O’Rourke initially challenged Cruz to six debates, including two in Spanish. Libertarian candidate Neal Dikeman, who does not appear to have been invited to Friday’s proposed debate, previously challenged O’Rourke to two debates.

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