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We are now less than 50 days away from the November 3rd election. In fact, just 48 days remain until election day. In Texas, voters will begin voting early on October 13th.

With those dates fast approaching, it was announced on Tuesday that Senator John Cornyn and his Democratic challenger, MJ Hegar, have agreed to debate on Friday, October 9th, days before early voting begins.

According to the Texas Tribune, the one-hour debate will be broadcast on 15 television stations across the state, including KAMC and KLBK here in Lubbock. The debate, which will take place at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, will also be available to stream online.

Both the Cornyn and Hegar campaigns have said they are open to future debates before the November 3rd election, according to the Texas Tribune:

Cornyn said in an interview this month that he would debate Hegar "at least once, and I'm happy to do more." A Cornyn campaign spokesperson reiterated the sentiment in response to her challenge Tuesday.

"Senator Cornyn has agreed to debate MJ Hegar, and we look forward to considering other opportunities," the spokesperson, Travis Considine, said.

Their first debate will be moderated by Robert Hadlock and Sally Hernandez, news anchors for KXAN in Austin, as well as Gromer Jeffers Jr., a Dallas Morning News political writer.

The first debate between the two candidates will be a one-hour debate beginning at 7 p.m.