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December 10, 2013


Primary Challenges Freeze GOP Leadership

First Read looks at Rep. Steve Stockman's surprise announcement last night that he'll challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in a Republican Senate primary next year.

"One can't help but wonder if this primary challenge is more about Stockman trying to list build for his various political businesses than it is about winning. In a lot of ways, Stockman reminds us of JD Hayworth, who challenged John McCain in 2010 -- he's someone who can get 35%-40% of the vote, but probably can't take down Cornyn. But what Stockman DOES do, which is what Matt Bevin does to Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, is freeze the Senate GOP leadership from doing anything that remotely looks like compromising with the Democrats. McConnell and Cornyn are essentially non-players in the Senate until they get past these challenges."












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