U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has been in office since 2002 and serves as the upper chamber's minority whip. Yet based on the political buzz, he's playing second fiddle to a relative newcomer, Tea Party favorite and conservative darling Ted Cruz.
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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2013/09/05/has-cruz-mania-made-senator-cornyn-afterthought/.