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Political surprises surface on the last day of filing

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12News has learned exclusively that 36th District Congressman Steve Stockman has told us he's withdrawing from his race for re- election to the U.S. House and running for U.S. Senate against John Cornyn.

Cornyn has become the 2nd ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, the Minority Whip, and is a former Texas Attorney General who has been in the Senate since 2002.

Stockman is well known for beating Jack Brooks in the 90's and winning re-election to a seat in the area in 2012.

He runs in a large group of candidates that includes Dwayne Stovall of Liberty County, and four other Republicans. Also - David Alameel of Dallas and four other Democrats.

Stockman told us he's running because Cornyn quote "publicly broke the 11th commandment" by attacking junior Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz over the Senators opposition to Obamacare.

In fact, Southeast Texas is seeing a tide of new political filings in Jefferson County on the filing deadline on Monday, and a red tide of Republicans.

14 candidates have filed on the GOP side for state and county-level races.

That's the most in recent memory.

Filing for the post vacated by 252nd state district Judge Layne Walker are attorney Langston Adams and attorney Raquel West, running for the Democratic nomination.

Carolyn Wiedenfeld filed as a Republican.

Republican State Board of Education District 7 member David Bradley is running for re-election and will be challenged by Kathy King, a teacher, as a Democrat.

Rita Ashley will run again as a Republican.

Jefferson County Republican candidates rolled out in greater numbers than ever in recent memory.

Sheila Sachitano will become the head of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, and did not draw an opponent in her race for chairperson.

Incumbent State Representative Joe Deshotel also filed for re-election to District 22. Deshotel did not draw an opponent.

In House district 21, Beaumont real-estate developer Dade Phelan will face off with former mid-county businesswoman Judy Nichols for the Republican nomination.

Former Nederland ISD trustee Gavin Bruney is the Democrat in the District 21 race.

There were many other filings on Monday and for a more comprehensive list you may go to the following link.

Https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/candidate-filing/cf-report.aspx

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