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Establishment Republican Thom Tillis beats tea party challengers in North Carolina Senate primary

A North Carolina Republican backed by the party establishment fought off Tea Party and Christian conservative rivals on Tuesday to win the nomination to take on vulnerable Democratic Senator Kay Hagan in November. State House Speaker Thom Tillis was projected to capture more than 40 percent of the vote, surpassing…

Primaries will test GOP ‘establishment’ strength against Tea Party insurgents

Republicans in North Carolina will vote on Tuesday on their candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in November, in the first of several primaries this month that will test whether the party’s establishment can beat back challenges from Tea Party rivals. State House Speaker Thom Tillis (pictured above), backed by…