Stockman challenges Cornyn in Texas US Senate race

Stockman challenges Cornyn in Texas US Senate race

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) responds to a question as GOP senators hold a media availability following the Senate Republican Annual meeting January 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. The group discussed a range of topics including how they believe President Obama has done in his first year and how the election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) will affect upcoming legislation. At rear are Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., right. (Photo by Ann Heisenfelt/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a last-minute surprise, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman has filed paperwork to challenge fellow Texas Republican and incumbent John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate.

Cornyn is the Senate's majority whip and had appeared likely to escape a major challenge from the tea party or other conservative factions next year.

But Texas Republican Party spokesman Spencer Yeldell said Stockman came in shortly before Monday's evening's filing deadline, withdrew his House re-election bid and formally challenged Cornyn.

Stockman was elected to a new House district outside Houston last year but still should be a decided underdog in the race.

Previously, he served one term in Congress starting in 1994. He was perhaps best known for accusing the U.S. government of "executing" members of the Branch Davidian cult after the siege near Waco.

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