Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst took most of the hits during the first statewide televised U.S. Senate debate Friday night in Dallas, most of them coming directly from former Solicitor General Ted Cruz. Cruz, who is right behind Dewhurst in fundraising, redirected most questions to attack Dewhurst’s record and his career in Austin.

The debate began with a question about a text message Cruz sent to Craig James. In the text message, Cruz asked James to to ask him about Dewhurst’s absence at some of the senate debates. In a press release, James accused Cruz of trying to "rig" the debate.

"There is nothing rigged at all about making a point about something I’ve said all across the state of Texas, which is for the entire course of this campaign, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has chosen to skip 32 candidate forums all over the state," Cruz said. "Lt. Gov. Dewhurst believed he didn’t have the time to go in front of Texas voters to listen to their questions and to defend his record and I think it’s perfectly acceptable to suggest to someone to make a point that he and I have both made all over the state."

In response, Dewhurst said he has campaigned all over the state, listening to Texans and their concerns.

But that wasn’t the last time Cruz called out Dewhurst by name. He seemed to use every opportunity to draw a contrast between himself and the Lieutenant Governor. When each candidate was assigned another candidate to question, Ted Cruz asked Tom Leppert a two-part question, both of which had to do with Dewhurst’s record.

Dewhurst finally engaged Cruz in the second half of the debate. Dewhurst said he sometimes gets "confused" because while he is running for the U.S. Senate, some candidates are "running against David Dewhurst." He later mentioned Cruz by name, when he asked Craig James if he, unlike Ted Cruz, would support Sen. John Cornyn for a Republican leadership position in the U.S. Senate. James said he would support Cornyn.

All candidates agreed on the major issues, all want to repeal Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and most said some changes must be made to Social Security. All of the candidates said there was a need for more border patrol agents.