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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Tea Party Jumps The Shark: 4 Reasons Steve Stockman Won’t Beat John Cornyn

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U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) shook up the 2014 midterms on Monday night, when he made the surprising announcement that he will challenge Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) in his upcoming re-election campaign.

“Liberal John Cornyn wakes up every morning and works to make the Senate a more liberal place, That’s why I am running for the United States Senate,” Stockman said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “I have a 100 percent pro-gun, pro-life, conservative voting record in Congress.”

Despite Cornyn’s extremely conservative voting record, he is now the seventh Republican incumbent to face a challenge from the right. Although polls suggest that he could be vulnerable to a strong primary challenger, as regular This Week In Crazy readers know, Stockman is not that candidate. In fact, the extreme-right-wing congressman may finally be a candidate who’s too far on the fringe for even the Tea Party.

Indeed, unlike fellow senior Republicans Mitch McConnell or Thad Cochran, Senator Cornyn does not have much reason to fear his erratic primary challenger.

Here are four reasons that Steve Stockman will not be the next senator from Texas:

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