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Tea Party urges Chris McDaniel to run as write-in after black Democrats ‘steal’ primary

Chris McDaniel failed to unseat U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary, and Tea Party activists are taking the loss as hard as the candidate. McDaniel, a state senator and former conservative talk show host, may challenge the results of Tuesday’s runoff election, according to some supporters, and…

Tea Party groups tiptoe in race to replace GOP’s Cantor as House majority leader

Conservative groups that often try to push U.S. Republican lawmakers toward more hardline policies are stepping cautiously ahead of the leadership election in the House of Representatives. Organizations such as Heritage Action for America and Club for Growth have repeatedly urged House leadership to pursue their policy goals of smaller…

Tea Party hopes to pull off upset in TN with candidate ‘who’s just not Senate material’

The shock defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary in Virginia this week has fueled hopes among Tea Party activists in Tennessee that they can stage a similar upset against Senator Lamar Alexander in August. But the Cantor loss, while enough to shake Washington and the…

Lindsey Graham and Eric Cantor expected to fend off Tea Party primary challengers

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia are favored to fend off Tea Party challengers in Republican primaries on Tuesday, when voters in five states pick candidates for the Nov. 4 midterm elections. The Graham and…

Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel forces runoff vs. MS GOP Sen. Thad Cochran

Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel battled to a virtual draw on Tuesday in their bitter Republican Senate primary and appeared headed to a rematch in a June 24 runoff. Neither candidate appeared likely to capture the 50 percent of the vote needed for a…

Republican primary in Mississippi gives the Tea Party another chance to defeat the establishment

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi will be fighting for political survival on Tuesday in a Republican primary contest that represents the conservative Tea Party’s best chance to knock off a sitting senator this year. The showdown between Cochran, who is seeking his seventh Senate…

Texas GOP primary voters choose Tea Party candidate who claims Obama thinks he’s God

Texas Republicans aligned with Tea Party darling Ted Cruz were projected to win primary runoffs on Tuesday for two of the state’s most powerful posts, while U.S. Representative Ralph Hall, 91, was ousted by a challenger about half his age. The Tea Party win over established politicians boosts the stature…

Mitch McConnell coasts to GOP primary win over Tea Party rival

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell easily dispatched a Tea Party challenger in Kentucky on Tuesday to win nomination to a sixth term, setting up one of November’s most expensive and hard-fought Senate races against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell’s decisive victory over conservative businessman…

Tea Party candidates face uphill battle in latest round of GOP primaries

Voters in six states will choose candidates on Tuesday for some of November’s top congressional election races, including another round of crucial U.S. Senate primaries between the Republican establishment and Tea Party favorites in Kentucky, Georgia and Oregon. Tea Party candidates are fighting an uphill battle in all three U.S.…

Establishment Republicans attempt to thwart Tea Party by changing primary, debate rules

The Republican National Committee is taking steps to reestablish control over its nominating process in order to field a more viable presidential candidate in the 2016 election. On Friday, members of the committee approved a measure that would penalize any candidate who participated in a debate not officially sanctioned by…

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