Texas Primary Leaves Tea Party Influence Unsettled
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn turned back a more conservative challenger for renomination in a primary election Tuesday, and Democrat Wendy Davis became the first female gubernatorial nominee in the state since former governor Ann Richards almost a quarter century ago.
Cornyn, the No. 2 GOP leader in the U.S. Senate, defeated Rep. Steve Stockman, a firebrand who spent little money. Stockman congratulated and endorsed Cornyn in a tweet after the results were clear.
It was one of several races being watched as a test of Tea Party political strength in the state.
“We wish Senator Cornyn best of luck in November and urge everyone to vote for, volunteer for and support the whole Texas GOP ticket,” Stockman tweeted on an account established for the campaign.