The Washington Times - December 10, 2013, 09:04AM

The Club for Growth said Tuesday that it will stay out of the GOP Senate primary in Texas following the news that Rep. Steve Stockman is launching a primary challenge against Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican.

“Our PAC evaluates three factors when looking at races that involve incumbents: 1) the strength of the incumbent’s record; 2) the degree of difference between the incumbent and the challenger on economic issues; and 3) the viability of the challenger,” said Chris Chocola, the group’s president. “None of those factors weigh against Senator Cornyn, so we do not expect to be involved in the Texas Senate race.”

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Mr. Chocola’s group is targeting other incumbent lawmakers, including Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Rep. Michael K. Simpson in Idaho, both Republicans.

Mr. Chocola, though, said that Mr. Cornyn has a pro-economic-growth record and has a 87 percent scorecard with the club.

Mr. Stockman is a tea party favorite who has called for the impeachment of President Obama. He has said he decided to jump into the race because Mr. Cornyn did not get behind Sen. Ted Cruz’s no-hold-barred push to defund Obamacare, which led to the government shutdown.