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GOP Concerned About Bannon's Efforts for Primary Challenges

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 09:39 PM

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leading an effort to disrupt primary challenges against Republican senators in 2018, and members of the party are concerned about the damage he will do, according to a report in The Hill.

"The most important thing Republicans can do next year is expand our Senate majority by defeating vulnerable Democrats," Chris Pack, a spokesman for the Senate Leadership Fund, told The Hill.

"If we have to divert resources to defeat substandard candidates in GOP primaries, that will obviously make it harder for us to accomplish that goal."

Bannon, who was ousted from his White House role last month, is back running Breitbart News. He has had private meetings with challengers and is also working with mega-donor and hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, who is ready to donate millions of dollars into the efforts. Talks with the pro-Trump group Great America PAC have also started.

So far, Bannon and his colleagues are targeting races in Nevada, Arizona, and Alabama.

Bannon said he thinks Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan, were part of the "Republican establishment" nullifying the 2016 presidential election.

"They do not want Donald Trump's populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented. It's very obvious. It's obvious as – it's obvious as the – it's obvious as night follows day is what they're trying to do," Bannon said Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes."

Some Republicans are concerned about the chaos Bannon and his allies could cause in the party, according to The Hill, while others say the challenges could cause them to dig into coffers unnecessarily.

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leading an effort to disrupt primary challenges against Republican senators in 2018, and members of the party are concerned about the damage he will do, according to a report in The Hill.
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