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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Stockman wave

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

One of the strangest, least effective campaigns in recent memory came to an ignominious end on Tuesday night, when U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) lost his primary challenge to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) by a resounding 40 percent margin.

Stockman’s failure was not hard to predict; in fact, when Stockman launched his campaign in December, The National Memo declared that “the extreme-right-wing congressman may finally be a candidate who’s too far on the fringe for even the Tea Party,” and provided four reasons that Stockman had no chance to be the next senator from Texas. Our predictions were almost 100 percent accurate.

So as Senator Cornyn prepares for the possibility of facing another thoroughly unserious opponent — the Democratic nominee will be decided by a May 27 runoff between millionaire dental mogul David Alameel and Lyndon LaRouche-disciple Kesha Rogers, who recently compared the president to Hitler — take a look back at what went wrong for his last challenger.

Here’s how Steve Stockman’s absurd Senate bid fell apart: