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  1. John Cornyn Faces a Tea Party Challenger in Texas Senate Race

    Tea Party favorite Rep. Steve Stockman will challenge Sen. John Cornyn in the Texas GOP Senate primary in March. Tea Party supporters have been clamoring for a challenger to Cornyn — ranked the second most conservative senator in America — since the minority whip withdrew his support for Sen. Ted Cruz’s initiative to defund Obamacare in the fall. The move has been described as a sign that the Tea Party has “entered its dada period.”  Stockman’s presence may force Cornyn to tack right, in what could be a preview of Tea Party challenges facing his fellow incumbents Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. 

    Sources: The Atlantic, Politico, NPR

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