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US Sen. Cornyn Wins Republican Nomination in Texas

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    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) talks to reporters after the weekly Republican Senate caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans took swings at President Barack Obama and his policies hours before he is scheduled to deliver his sixth State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Incumbent John Cornyn has crushed tea party-backed U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman and six lesser-known primary challengers to win Texas' Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

    As party whip, Cornyn is second in the GOP Senate leadership. He is the overwhelming favorite to win his third term in office during November's general election.

    Cornyn has been dubbed too moderate by a small group of tea party activists. He faced a last-minute challenge from the right by Stockman, a fierce conservative and House renegade.

     

     

    But Stockman struggled to raise money. He did little organized campaigning, ignoring the media and alienating many top Texas grass-roots organizers.

    Stockman even dropped completely out of sight for nearly three weeks in January -- though it turned out he'd been part of an official overseas delegation.