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After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican Greg Abbott starts the general election race for governor with an 11-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Meanwhile, several statewide races on the Republican primary ballot — for lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller — appear headed for May runoffs. None of the leaders in those races looks close to the 50 percent support they would need to win next month's primary outright.

Being an incumbent ain't what it used to be.

Texan John Cornyn is the No. 2 man in Senate GOP leadership and by most measures holds high conservative ratings — according to National Journal's rankings, he was the second most conservative senator in the last Congress.

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Sen. John Cornyn on Wednesday expressed confidence he’ll be the Republican Party’s nominee despite a last-minute challenge by Congressman Steve Stockman. 

Tea party activists have been gunning for Sen. John Cornyn. But even they were surprised when Steve Stockman, a Republican Congressman from the Houston suburb of Friendswood, filed on the last possible day to run against Cornyn in the March Republican primary. 

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Update, 3:33 p.m.: James O’Keefe is a conservative activist who uses undercover cameras to expose what he calls corruption and dishonesty. His efforts, though, have been criticized.

This week, his group, Project Veritas, released a new video that he says shows North Texas “navigators” who are signing up people for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

In the heavily-edited video, the navigators appear to tell a potential consumer to lie about whether he smokes.

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Despite tea party leaders wanting a strong candidate to challenge Texas Sen. John Cornyn, he doesn’t have a serious primary opponent.

Politico reports today that Cornyn probably doesn’t have much to worry about in 2014. Still, his campaign has launched its first television ads.

“I would like to think it’s because I’ve done a good job and people believe my record fits what you’d expect of a Texas senator,” Cornyn told Politico. “That’s why we’re doing a little bit of advertising now, to remind people what that record is.”

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Texas Senator John Cornyn is in trouble with the tea party.

At the Texas Tribune policy conference last weekend, six tea party leaders were asked if they wanted a strong candidate to challenge Cornyn in the Republican primary. 

Five of them said "yes."

Reaction from lawmakers – from Texas and elsewhere -- continues to pour in following last night’s presidential address to the nation about Syria.

Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said that a U.S. attack that allows Syrian President Bashar Assad to remain in power wouldn’t promote U.S. national security interests. Cornyn calls a strike "reckless" and "ill-advised."

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Democrats and Republicans who represent Texas in Congress are weighing in about a potential U.S. military strike against Syria.

Sen. Cornyn Campaigning For 'SAFER' Act

Sep 18, 2012
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A proposed law called the SAFER Act would almost double the amount of federal money used to test DNA evidence in rape kits. Across the nation there are an estimated 400-hundred thousand untested rape kits sitting on shelves. The law is designed to help end the backlog and resolve sexual assault cases faster.

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Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Kay Granger will be in Fort Worth Monday afternoon to talk about a bill pending in Congress to help eliminate the national backlog of untested rape kits.

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Texas' fight to keep eight Air National Guard C-130 airplanes in Fort Worth may be paying off.   In Congress, the House version of the defense spending bill strips out a provision that would transfer the planes to a base in Montana in 2014.

The Trinity River project’s most visible sign of progress may be delayed, but Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn says he will work shoulder to shoulder to make sure the rest of project is completed. But Cornyn says it will have to be done without earmarks. 

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Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn says he’s concerned Israel will attack Iran if tensions between the two countries do not ease. 

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