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Upcoming Tea Party vs Establishment Primary Battles

By April 29, 2012

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Sure the Presidential Primary is over, but now the fun really begins as the tea party seeks to take more seats in the US Senate.

Indiana holds a GOP primary on May 8th. Richard Mourdock is challenging longtime Senator Dick Lugar.

Texas holds a GOP Primary on May 29th. Ted Cruz looks to pull a Marco Rubio-ish come from nowhere victory

Utah holds a GOP primary on June 26th. Dan Liljenquist shoots to defeat Orrin Hatch for the 2nd straight GOP incumbent defeat in the state.

More: Read all of the Tea Party Primary Details

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April 30, 2012 at 3:11 am
(1) KrisB says:

Holy Cow…Dick Lugar and Orrin Hatch are still in the Senate? This isn’t a lifetime appoint. Dick is 80 years old and Orrin is 78…are they battling to see who can hang onto power the longest to become the next Strom Thurmon? In reality, these challenges from their own party are all about their antiquated line of thinking that the debt can continue to support their style of big government Republicanism. With 15 and 16 debt ceiling votes totaling 7 and 7.5 trillion of our nation’s debt…these philosphical dinosaurs need to retire…with dignity if possible. For reference, the numbers came from http://www.lugarrecord.com and http://www.hatchrecord.com

May 2, 2012 at 12:32 am
(2) Defiant says:

Frankly, only a fool would state that the Republican primary is over this cylde until all the delgate votes are counted. Sure the establishment string pullers have wanted Romney all along, but the momentum for Ron Paul continues to build and with the volatility that communications technology allows today, this may well be the Republican Party’s Arab Spring.

May 2, 2012 at 7:17 am
(3) usconservatives says:

Defiant says: “Frankly, only a fool would state that the Republican primary is over this cylde until all the delgate votes are counted.”

Hence, the use of words like “presumptive” and “probable” and “likely” nominee. Sure, Paul can “theoretically” win the nomination, but not very realistically. Technically, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Sarah Palin could all win the nomination. Theoretically, *I* could win the nomination. But until their is any real evidence of that happening (Ron Paul supporters strategized to take Minnesota’s delegates when Santorum dropped out, whoop-d-dew), or until Paul “closes” his 800 delegate deficit (I know, I know, they are all secret Paul supporters), there’s no reason to pretend like it might even remotely happen. But no, not going to wait 4 months until the convention to realistically start discussing the general election.

May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am
(4) Realtime53 says:

Hi Dustin –

“Sharon Angle (NV), Ken Buck (CO), and Christine O’Donnell (DE) all lost should-have-won contests in 2010. All three candidates polled considerably worse than their primary challengers against Democrat incumbents, but were selected based on a perceived anti-establishment pedigree.”

Thank you for that. Often, I’ve heard that purity trumps all. Better to be rid of a RINO and elect a Democrat.

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