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Cornyn Easily Swats Away Tea Partier Stockman

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Stockman's defeat ends a tea party primary challenge that failed to gain much of any traction almost from the beginning. Stockman's candidacy was premised on the idea that Cornyn, one of the most conservative members of the Senate, was actually secretly liberal. That argument didn't have much substance though and Cornyn soon became the facto GOP nominee again.

Before polls closed on Tuesday Stockman sent out tweets suggesting that he knew he would lose badly.