Sen. Pat Fallon (R-Prosper), who ousted longtime Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) in the 2018 Republican primary, announced he was exploring a primary challenge of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) from the right. Fallon said he would meet with voters and Republican leaders over the next few days.

Sen. Pat Fallon

Sen. Pat

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

Fallon is not up for re-election until 2022, so this would be a “free” race for him. Fallon’s ability to self-fund – He kicked off his state Senate campaign by loaning it $1.8M – and appeal to more conservative factions within the party could make him Cornyn’s most difficult primary challenger since his 1998 run for attorney general.

Cleveland business owner and 2014 primary challenger Dwayne Stovall and Plano investment advisor Mark Yancey are already in the race. Cornyn was held under 60% of the vote in the 2014 primary by Stovall (19%), former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman (11%) and five other candidates. Cornyn received 81% and 77% of the vote in the 2008 and 2002 primary elections, respectively.

House Speaker: The Brazoria Co. Republican Party rejected a resolution calling for Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s (R-Angleton) resignation, reportedly by a vote of 9 votes for, 23 against.

HD8: Rep. Cody Harris (R-Palestine) announced he would seek re-election to a second term.

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