Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn will face Rep. Steve Stockman in the GOP primary for Senate next year in Texas.
In a surprising move on the last day for candidates to file for federal office in the Lone Star State, Stockman promised “a vigorous campaign” against Cornyn in an interview with The World Net Daily.
Stockman, who was elected to the House in 2012 after serving a single term in the 1990s, said his impetus for running was Cornyn’s decision to not sign the letter with Sen. Ted Cruz that eventually instigated the government shutdown. He had not informed Cruz of his decision to run, according to the interview.
Monday was the filing deadline for Texas federal candidates, and Cornyn wasn’t expected to receive a serious challenge. However, the Republican Party of Texas confirmed that Stockman’s paperwork was turned into the committee. In Texas, state parties approve candidate applications before they are processed by the Texas secretary of state’s office.
“We will approve his application, which will probably happen tomorrow,” state GOP spokesman Spencer Yeldell said.
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