Rep. Steve StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanFormer aide sentenced for helping ex-congressman in fraud scheme Former congressman sentenced to 10 years in prison for campaign finance scheme Rising expectations could change North Korea forever MORE (R-Texas) has largely fallen off the map since launching an underdog primary challenge to Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  Texas governor, top lawmakers tell Trump not to use hurricane relief funds to build border wall MORE (R-Texas) late last year.

According to The Associated Press, Stockman has missed 17 House votes in a row since Jan. 9, an unusual development for the lawmaker, who had missed only about a dozen major votes last year.

Notably, he skipped out on a vote on the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which he had railed against and promised to oppose on Twitter.

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Stockman has been largely absent from the campaign trail, as well, since launching his bid on Dec. 9. He’s made one major public appearance back home since then, at a small gathering of Tea Party activists in Dallas on Jan. 14 — and that was after skipping a previously scheduled event.

Stockman’s absence from public life is head-scratching this close to the March 4 Republican primary, where he has little name recognition statewide and even less cash.

He entered what many expected to be an expensive contest with $163,000 in debt with only $32,000 cash on hand, up against Cornyn’s $7 million war chest.