One month after announcing he was seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate against John Cornyn, State Sen. Pat Fallon (R–Prosper) is reportedly dropping out of the race.
“A statewide U.S. Senate race right now is simply not something that fits with the chapter in life that we’re in,” Fallon told multiple media outlets Thursday evening.
Fallon’s wife had reportedly expressed concern over the amount of time away from home a statewide campaign would entail.
“This was a difficult decision as I was personally looking forward to reaching … thousands of fellow Texans and visiting with them, asking them what their thoughts, concerns, and ideas are for our state and our country,” said Fallon.
Those comments come in stark contrast to his attitude at the start of his exploration. Fallon made his original announcement one month ago during the September meeting of the True Texas Project in Northeast Tarrant County.
“Beto O’Rourke energized the left,” Fallon told the crowd when he announced. “What would happen in Texas if we could finally have a candidate that energized the right? I have an eight-year record to prove that.”
“Who do you think will be a better general election candidate … to energize the base and every right-of-center voter in the state. Do you think it’s the incumbent?” Fallon had asked the crowd.
With Fallon’s announcement Thursday night that he was dropping out of the race, Cornyn is currently only challenged by Tarkington businessman Dwayne Stovall and Plano financial advisor Mark Yancey. Yancey has not taken any measurable steps beyond filing the appropriate Federal Elections Commission paperwork, and Stovall, the most recent entrant, abandoned an independent bid for the seat in August to run for the Republican primary nomination.