For Texas tea partiers, Tuesday's primary might just be a grim day. Tea party candidates running in federal elections this cycle have struggled to get a foothold in the Lone Star state as the movement turns five.
The best example of the fizzle is one-time conservative favorite Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who's run such an incompetent campaign against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) that even other tea party groups have turned against him.
"I network with over 300 liberty groups in Texas, [and] nobody that I know in the liberty movement went out and recruited Stockman. He just pops out and decided he's going to run," tea party activist JoAnn Fleming told TPM. "Well it doesn't take a whole lot of research before one figures out that Steve Stockman is not someone that you're going to want to hang your movement on."
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