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January 30, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Lee Bright endorsed by first-term U.S. Rep. of Texas who walked out of State of the Union

The Buzz

A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

State Sen. Lee Bright has picked up an endorsement from a first-term U.S. representative of Texas who walked out of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address and is talking about pushing for Obama's impeachment .

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, said he is endorsing Bright in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to an email from Stockman's campaign.

"He's a proven conservative who understands the proper limited role of government," Stockman wrote. "Whether it's the Second Amendment, the right to life or fighting against Obamacare, Lee has built a record that would immediately make him one of the top conservative leaders in the U.S. Senate."

Stockman -- like Bright -- also is running for U.S. Senate as one of seven Republicans attempting to beat U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in that state's GOP primary. Stockman is in his first term representing a district newly formed after the 2010 Census.

Bright's campaign confirmed Stockman's support Thursday after Bright tweeted that a congressional endorsement was coming.

Three other Republicans are running against Graham in the June primary: Easley businessman Richard Cash, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor and Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace.

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