Tea party pot boils over with joy celebrating Cantor’s loss

Shell-shocked Republicans still trying to figure out what happened

Tea party pot boils over with joy celebrating Cantor’s loss

Republican tea party forces are rejoicing and the party establishment is somber or altogether silent in the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat at the hands of political neophyte David Brat, an unflinching foe of loosening immigration laws. Speaker John Boehner praised Cantor as “a good friend and a great leader, and […]

Eric Cantor goes down in flames in loss to tea party challenger

Cantor had been seen by many as an eventual successor to House Speaker John Boehner

Eric Cantor goes down in flames in loss to tea party challenger

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative movement a landmark victory. Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was easily beaten by college economics professor David Brat, who […]

Even Eric Cantor has a tea party primary challenge

They claim Cantor is a Washington insider who isn't conservative enough

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 […]

Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

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 […]

Bitter GOP race over Thad Cochran’s Senate seat

Bitter GOP race over Thad Cochran’s Senate seat

Mississippi’s Senate primary has morphed from a high-profile proxy for the national fight between the tea party and establishment Republicans into an ad war driven by clandestine images of Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife in an online video. State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who aims to deliver a rare victory for the tea party this midterm […]

Turn out the lights. The tea party is over

Voters turned off the political extremism. The tea party pot turned cold.

Turn out the lights.  The tea party is over

Voters Tuesday sent a strong message to the once-formidable tea party:  We don’t like you and we don’t want you representing us in Congress. Tea party candidates lost big in Senate primaries in Kentucky and Georgia as GOP voters rallied behind “establishment” party candidates who  stand a better chance of running strong against Democratic candidates […]

Mainstream GOP candidates stomp tea party extremists

Republican primary struggles with the tea party-favored rivals were a dominated primaries

Mainstream GOP candidates stomp tea party extremists

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell dispatched his tea party challenger with ease Tuesday night, and Democrats turned to two women, Alison Lundergan Grimes to oppose him in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn to fight for Georgia, in elections next fall with control of the Senate at stake. Setting up a third high-profile race, Democratic Sen. Mark […]

Tea party fading but not out of the picture yet

Several tea party-endorsed candidates are struggling in Republican primaries

Tea party fading but not out of the picture yet

Tuesday’s primary elections will give establishment Republicans another chance to defeat tea party-backed candidates, but some political activists are asking if it makes much difference. They see tea partyers losing individual races but winning the larger ideological war by tugging the Republican Party rightward. Several tea party-endorsed candidates are struggling in Tuesday’s Republican congressional primaries […]

Is Ben Sasse a tea party type in name only?

Some say the balance of power is shifting back to mainstream conservative wing of the Republican Party

Is Ben Sasse a tea party type in name only?

With Republican Ben Sasse, tea party groups figured out the riddle of winning elections in 2014: Claim a Republican as a member of the tribe, even if his approach to politics doesn’t line up exactly with their own. That’s not an option in next week’s Georgia and Kentucky primaries and later in other Republican bastions […]

Tea party candidate wins Nebraska GOP Senate primary

Tea party candidate wins Nebraska GOP Senate primary

The tea party scored a win in Nebraska on Tuesday as university president Ben Sasse captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a bitter race that highlighted fissures within the GOP. Two women set the stage for history-making in West Virginia. Sasse, who had the backing of outside conservative groups, Sarah Palin and Sen. […]