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The unknown who beat Cantor focused on budget, immigration

Tea Party Republican Dave Brat, who defeated House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary race on Tuesday, is an economics professor from a tiny Virginia college who attacked Cantor over immigration and budget issues. Brat describes himself a budget expert on his campaign website, saying he “presents a major problem for liberals who try to continue increased government spending by discrediting conservatives.” During the primary campaign, Brat referred to himself as a “term limit” for Cantor, the No. 2 House Republican. In ads, Brat accused the majority leader of “giving citizenship papers to illegal immigrants.” Cantor has
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Hillary Clinton: ‘We were dead broke’

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s family was “dead broke” and saddled with legal bills when she and her husband left the White House, the former first lady said in an interview that aired Monday at the start of a high-profile book tour that could precede a 2016 presidential campaign. “We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton told ABC News. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.” The remark evoked charges
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Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign checklist

A look at preparations by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “It’s something I’ll consider at the end of this year.” — May, on ABC. Dies he feel ready to be president? “I do, but I think we have other people as well.” Book: Yes, now has a new book tentatively scheduled for release in late 2014, from same publisher of his 2012 memoir, “An American Son.” Iowa visits: Yes, campaigned in GOP U.S. Senate primary race for Joni Ernst, who won, as he opened a belated wave of trips to important presidential nomination
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Not much for Jimmy Carter to do in grandson’s campaign

Inside a small Baptist church packed with out-of-state visitors wanting to hear from former President Jimmy Carter, one of the most eager listeners may have been his grandson, Jason. The message of this Sunday school lesson centered on the importance of prayer when negotiating Middle East peace and balancing the daily threat of the Cold War. As Jason Carter heads into a fierce campaign for governor this year against incumbent Republican Nathan Deal, it was a relevant message from someone whose counsel he says he values. “He never compromised his faith,” the younger Carter said afterward of the 39th president.
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Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

With most of this year’s Senate primary elections complete, Democrats talk boldly about their chances in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Republicans gaze hungrily at Oregon and Colorado. Time for a reality check. Both parties face big hurdles in achieving such against-the-grain triumphs. Studies show it’s increasingly difficult for Senate candidates to win in states their party lost in the previous presidential election. That leaves Republicans, virtually assured of keeping control of the House, hopeful about gaining the six seats they need this fall to control the Senate for President Barack Obama’s last two years in office. Democrats are defending Senate
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GOP mainstreamer to face Warner in Senate race

Former presidential adviser and lobbyist Ed Gillespie won the Republican nomination at the state party convention Saturday and will face Democratic Sen. Mark Warner in the general election in November. Gillespie won the nod at the Virginia Republican Convention in Roanoke to challenge Warner, a former Virginia governor and early favorite in the race. Gillespie is the former Republican National Committee chairman and a former adviser to President George W. Bush and Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. A onetime aide on Capitol Hill, Gillespie also has made millions as a corporate lobbyist. Gillespie beat out three rivals for the nomination:
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Even Eric Cantor has a tea party primary challenge

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could be the next House speaker, but first he has to get past a little-known, tea party-backed challenger with a vocal following in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Virginia. Cantor is squaring off against Dave Brat, an economics professor who has never held elected office and has raised just a fraction of what Cantor has. Although he’s a political novice with little money, Brat has been a thorn in Cantor’s side, casting the congressman as a Washington insider who isn’t conservative enough. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of
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Faith raises its ugly, intolerant head in S.C. primary

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s six Republican primary challengers frequently and loudly question whether he’s conservative enough. But, in a deeply religious state, they haven’t questioned his faith. Graham’s opponents have made some aspect of their faith part of their campaigns. But Graham hasn’t made it part of his pitch to voters. Nationwide, many Republicans this year have not tied their conservatism to Christianity. In Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran has been fending off a tea party-backed challenger attacking his conservative credentials, while Rep. Jack Kingston and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue have locked horns over economic issues in Georgia’s U.S.
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Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the vote in a three-way race and Cochran with slightly less. It takes a majority by one candidate to avoid a runoff. “For too long, we’ve been silent. For too long, we sat still. For too long, we let them have their way with us,” McDaniel
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Primay derby day in eight states

A nursing home scandal and a vow to “make ‘em squeal” in Washington are at the center of Senate Republican primaries in Mississippi and Iowa Tuesday, as voters in eight states write the next chapter in the battle to control the GOP and the Senate. For six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, it’s the race of a lifetime against conservative challenger Chris McDaniel, the faces of establishment Washington and the tea party movement that drove the GOP to the House majority in 2010. McDaniel has commanded considerable energy from Mississippi’s conservatives to counter any damage his campaign suffered when four of
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