GOP Primaries Show A Rout, But Did Tea Party Really Lose?
Although the Republican establishment ran the table with wins in major primary elections, can we really say the Tea Party will have no impact in 2014?By Cliff Judy | May 21, 2014
Huge wins for the Republican establishment and huge implications for the 2014 general elections. If you read the headlines, you're probably under the impression GOP voters trended moderate Tuesday night in the six states holding primaries.
After all, major U.S. Senate primaries rejected Tea Party or heavily conservative candidates. To name just a few, Monica Wehby got the party's nomination in Oregon, Mike Simpson won in Idaho and the establishment candidate with the most attention, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, moved on to November. (Via The Oregonian, Politico, The New York Times)
As the Senate minority leader during a time when the Affordable Care Act and other Obama-sponsored legislation went through, some once considered McConnell vulnerable even before he faced off against a Democrat. (Via Fox News)