Democrat Pours Personal Big Money Into Run at Cornyn

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WASHINGTON -- Federal records show a Democrat has given $3.8 million to his own campaign as he considers challenging Republican Senator John Cornyn.

San Antonio trial lawyer Mikal Watts established an exploratory committee Friday to deliberate whether to challenge Cornyn in 2008. His paperwork listing the personal loan was filed with the US
Senate clerk this week.

Watts tells the Houston Chronicle that he gave his campaign the exact amount that John Corny reported having in his campaign account by the end of March.

A statewide Senate race is considered one of the most expensive races in Texas, with candidates expected to spend at least ten million dollars.

Cornyn will be seeking his second six-year term next year. He's said he'll wait for party nominations before starting campaigning.

Others suggested as possible Democratic opponents are former Comptroller John Sharp and Houston state Representative Rick Noriega.