GOP's Cornyn eyes '12 Senate majority

Texas Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Hopes dim for mental health deal Overnight Finance: Senate punts on Zika funding | House panel clears final spending bill | Biz groups press Treasury on tax rules | Obama trade rep confident Pacific deal passes this year MORE promised to work for a GOP Senate majority in 2012 after he was unanimously reelected Tuesday as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Singling out the support of the "13 new Republican senators" he helped elect, Cornyn promised "continuity."

"Continuity at the NRSC is something we haven't had in a while, and which we need to build on our victories in 2010," he said in a statement.

Observers have speculated the rise in prominence of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and the election of Tea Party-backed senators such as Rand PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE of Kentucky could cause tension in the caucus.

Cornyn urged his colleagues to collaborate.

"I believe Republicans are strongest when we stick together, and I continue to adhere to the words of William F. Buckley, who famously said: 'I am for the most conservative candidate that can get elected,'" he said. "But I recognize that Republican primary voters choose our nominees, and I am committed to listening to the message voters sent this past year."

Cornyn had no competition for a second term.

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