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Cornyn avoids tea party primary challenger, so far

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By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Some tea party and other conservative grassroots activists are attacking Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn as too moderate despite what most observers say are his strong conservative credentials.

But, so far, the Senate minority whip hasn't drawn a strong challenger from the right.

Indeed, the Dec. 9 filing deadline for the Texas Republican primary next March is now not so far off.

And yet the groups that last year helped unleash tea party firebrand Ted Cruz on the U.S. Senate can't seem to manage a second act to challenge Cornyn in the 2014 primary.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Cornyn said it's a testament to his staunch conservatism since arriving in the Senate in 2002.

But he also said he's staying prepared - just in case.

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