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Chamber of Commerce endorses Cornyn for reelection

Chamber of Commerce endorses Cornyn for reelection
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its support for Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Biden gets involved to help break Senate logjam Overnight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels MORE's (R-Texas) reelection on Tuesday as it steps up its efforts to help Republicans hold the Senate in November.

MJ Hegar, an Afghan war veteran, and state Sen. Royce West are both vying for the Democratic nomination for a chance to unseat Cornyn, who has served three terms, in the fall.

“As our country faces many challenges and is collectively working to not just reopen our economy but return to growth and expanded opportunities for all Americans, we need leaders like Senator John Cornyn. He has a proven track record of leading responsibly and standing up for good policies,” Chamber CEO Thomas Donohue said in a statement.

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Donohue also touted Cornyn’s focus on free enterprise and job-creating policies in the endorsement.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, has deemed Cornyn’s race “likely Republican.”

A spokesperson for Hegar brushed off the endorsement, telling The Dallas Morning News that it's "no surprise that Cornyn’s D.C. allies are rushing in. They see Cornyn’s abysmal approval ratings, know that he is in for the fight of his political career, and need to protect their investment."

"After all they can’t afford to lose a senator who has continually put their agenda ahead of the actual Texans he is supposed to represent," the spokesperson added.

The Chamber has also recently endorsed GOP incumbents Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.) and Ben SasseBen SasseSenators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks Republicans, please save your party MORE (Neb.) as well as former Rep. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisSenate confirms Rouse as Biden's top economist OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda MORE (R-Wyo.), who is running for retiring Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziLummis adopts 'laser eyes' meme touting Bitcoin Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds MORE’s (R-Wyo.) seat, and former Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty, who is running for retiring Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderCongress addressed surprise medical bills, but the issue is not resolved Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE’s (R-Tenn.) seat.