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Growing Calls From The Right To Punish Sen. Cornyn

Updated: Tuesday, October 29 2013, 11:31 AM CDT

There are growing calls from the political right to punish Sen. John Cornyn for his political pragmatism during the 16-day partial government shutdown earlier this month.

According to a new poll published on the archconservative site, a generic tea party candidate would beat Cornyn in the March Republican primary by 13 points.

So far, no one has stepped up to challenge the senior senator from Texas who has been in office since 2003.

However, grassroots calls for a populist champion to rise up against an incumbent regarded by the state's tea party faithful as a moderate creature of the establishment  have only increased in volume since the government shutdown.

Cornyn's refusal to block a bipartisan compromise to end the political gridlock has earned him a bulls-eye from the same groups that hail his freshman colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz, as the leader of the movement to defund President Obama's health care reform law at any cost.

In fact, according to the poll, Cruz's father -- a relatively unknown pastor in suburban Dallas who has not indicated any interest in public office – trails Cornyn by only six points in a hypothetical March match-up.

A more likely scenario between Sen. Cornyn and Rep. Louie Gohmert produces less favorable results for tea party interests. According to the poll, Cornyn would handily beat the East Texas congressman 45 percent to 20 percent. Gohmert also hasn't said whether he'll seek to challenge Cornyn but many high profile conservative voices including broadcaster Glenn Beck have repeatedly called on him to get in the ring.

As it stands, Cornyn has one of the largest political war chests in the Senate and has already released several videos aimed at shoring up his conservative credentials despite not having name-brand opponent from either party. Time is also ticking for any prospective challengers to step up: Filing begins Nov. 9 and ends one month later.

Growing Calls From The Right To Punish Sen. Cornyn

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