Rep. Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican running for the Senate, probably doesn’t have the campaign funds, political infrastructure and statewide profile to unseat Minority Whip John Cornyn in a Republican primary in fewer than eight weeks in the nation’s second-biggest state.
It is an axiom in politics, though, that you must define your opponent before your opponent defines you (or himself or herself). And a well-funded Cornyn ally is taking the fight to Stockman.
That’s more than 23 times the $32,027 that Stockman had in his campaign account at the end of September.
Cornyn is a shoo-in to win re-election in pro-Republican Texas if he’s the nominee. If needed, he could tap most of a campaign fund that had $6.9 million at the end of September. Updated campaign finance reports are due Jan. 31.
Stockman, who returned to Congress in 2013 after serving one term in the 1990s, has been trying to portray Cornyn as a liberal Republican. Cornyn, a former National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, has a lifetime score of 87 (out of 100) from the Club for Growth.
The primary election is March 4. The early voting period — an increasingly popular voting option in Texas — begins Feb. 18.