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DeMint to Republicans: Accept Tea Party, get over it

DeMint to Republicans: Accept Tea Party, get over it

Sen. Jim DeMint proudly recalls the moment he became a thorn in the side of the Republican establishment. In the gloomy weeks following the party’s throttling in the 2008 elections, the first-term South Carolina senator urged GOP leaders to shake up the seniority rules that he felt were perpetuating a broken culture of parochial spending […]

Stunned Republicans ponder life with Tea Party

Stunned Republicans ponder life with Tea Party

Divided Republicans pointed fingers and vowed to regroup on Wednesday after a stunning Tea Party upset in Delaware dealt a blow to their hopes of recapturing control of the Senate in November. Conservative upstart Christine O’Donnell’s defeat of nine-term U.S. Representative Michael Castle in a Senate primary ended the career of one of the last […]

Things keep looking better for Republicans

Things keep looking better for Republicans

Tilted toward the GOP from the start of the year, the political environment has grown even more favorable for Republicans and rockier for President Barack Obama and his Democrats over the long primary season that just ended with a bang. With November’s matchups set and the general election campaign beginning in earnest Wednesday, an Associated […]

Stop the presses: Establishment candidate wins primary

Stop the presses: Establishment candidate wins primary

In the last turn of a tumultuous primary season, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte narrowly won her state’s Republican Senate primary, to the relief of party officials in Washington who were struggling to adjust to the demise of their preferred candidate in another big race in Delaware. Seven weeks before Election Day, Senate […]

Tea Party wins big on primary night

Tea Party wins big on primary night

It’s tea time in America. Conservative Christine O’Donnell pulled off a stunning upset over nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware Tuesday, propelled by tea party activists into a November showdown with Democrat Chris Coons. After a primary season shaped by economic pain and exasperated voters, the grass-roots, anti-establishment movement can […]

Key Tea Party wins

Key Tea Party wins

Tea party-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell upended nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday. Castle was the latest establishment-backed candidate to stumble as the grass-roots movement displayed its political strength. Tea partiers can claim success in some eight Republican Senate contests, a handful of GOP governors’ races and numerous House races. A […]

Primary season slogs towards contentious end

Primary season slogs towards contentious end

The primary season is ending as it began, the Republican establishment on one side in state after state, and tea party activists on another. The competition is particularly strong in Delaware and New Hampshire, where GOP senatorial nominations are the prize, and New York, where Republicans pick a challenger for an uphill fall campaign for […]

Democratic woes put at least 75 House seats in play

Democratic woes put at least 75 House seats in play

Their control of the House in peril, Democrats are scratching to survive in races all across the country. Disgruntled voters, a sluggish economy and vanishing enthusiasm for President Barack Obama have put 75 seats or more — the vast majority held by Democrats — at risk of changing hands. The party could become a victim […]

Murkowski: ‘I’m not a quitter’

Murkowski: ‘I’m not a quitter’

A week after conceding the tight GOP primary to Joe Miller, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s not a quitter and is “still in this game.” Murkowski told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she’s been inundated with calls and e-mails from supporters and overwhelmed by people just coming up to her, asking her not […]

No recession in the business of politics

No recession in the business of politics

Turns out politics, for all its focus on the gloomy economy, is a recession-proof industry. This year’s volatile election is bursting with money, setting fundraising and spending records in a high-stakes struggle for control of Congress amid looser but still fuzzy campaign finance rules. Based on the latest financial reports, House and Senate candidates in […]