Tags: senate | tea | party | republicans

Senate Primaries in 2014 Will Be Fight for Republican Party's Soul

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 04:51 AM

By Elliot Jager

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Eight Republican incumbents are facing tea party primary challengers in 2014, in an increased effort to sway the GOP establishment agenda, Politico reported.
The tea-party battle against the Republican establishment began in 2010. The defeat of Indiana's Dick Lugar and Utah's Bob Bennett in their 2012 primaries delivered the message that even venerable lawmakers are not immune from tea-party opposition.

Lugar's seat was ultimately taken by Democrat Joe Donnelly while Bennett's place is now held by Republican Mike Lee.

This time around veterans like Kentucky's Mitch McConnell, Mississippi's Thad Cochran, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn are among those facing insurgents from the right.

Unlike the Democratic base which takes direction from its own leadership, Republican senators have little sway over the conservative grassroots, Politico reported.

Graham characterizes the tea party challenge as a "fight for the heart and soul of the Republican Party." He says that conservatives to his right oppose cooperation with Democrat across the board.

Politico reported that faced with the threat of being tarred as insufficiently conservative, sitting Republican senators are shunning legislative compromises with the Democratic majority.

Republican Lamar Alexander notes that most GOP incumbents are preparing for primary campaigns against Republicans rather than the general election against Democrats.

He says this burns up resources that would be better spent fighting the other party, according to Politico.

Tea-party foes are unapologetic about their strategy and some are backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Dr. Milton Wolf of Kansas, a tea-party challenger backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, is running against Roberts motivated by the conviction that the incumbent is not a true conservative.

The Senate Conservatives Fund was founded by South Carolina senator and tea party leader Jim DeMint in 2008. He is now president of The Heritage Foundation.

The fund sides with candidates who oppose abortion, favor a constitutional amendment to balance the budget without raising taxes, are against amnesty for illegal immigrants, and are in opposition to gun control.
Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Cassidy: Americans Waiting Too Long for Keystone XL Pipeline

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 10:05 AM

If any bill should have passed Senate approval, it should have been the one to approve the long-awaited Keystone XL pipe . . .

Obama Urges Critics to 'Pass a Bill' on Immigration

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 09:37 AM

Obama urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform as he used his weekly address Saturday to again defend his . . .

Midwest GOP Governors Tout 2016 Middle Class Appeal

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 23:10 PM

Four Midwest governors considering bids for the GOP presidential nomination are hoping to tout their regional successes  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved