Poll: John Cornyn Holds Crushing Lead Over Tea Party Opponents
The Texas Primaries are just over a week away now and, if the latest poll from the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune is any indication, Senator Minority Whip John Cornyn should have no trouble disposing of his Tea Party backed opponents:
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, facing a field of seven other Republican primary candidates in his bid for re-election, won the support of 62 percent of the likely Republican primary voters, followed by U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, who got 16 percent. Support for the rest was in single digits: Linda Vega, 7 percent; Dwayne Stovall and Ken Cope, 4 percent each; Reid Reasor and Chris Mapp, 3 percent each; and Curt Cleaver, 1 percent.
Cornyn must break 50% in order to avoid a run-off election, and right now it looks like he’ll do that easily. As for the race itself, the challenge to Cornyn, by Stockman and to some extent Stovall who is also backed by some Tea Party groups, has been seen by many as the first showdown of 2014 in what has turned into a rather obvious battle between the Tea Party and the GOP “establishment.” Other similar contests can be seen in Kentucky, where Mitch McConnell is consistently out polling Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin, Mississippi, where Thad Cochran faces a challenge from Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel, Kansas, where Senator Pat Roberts is facing a challenge from Milton Wolf, and South Carolina, where Senator Lindsey Graham is facing a small group of challengers. How these races turn out could go a long what toward determining the short term future of the Republican Party.