A Mississippi Republican primary race that became a proxy battle for a larger internal struggle over the party’s future will go to another round, with a veteran U.S. senator facing a Tea Party-aligned challenger in a June 24 runoff.
U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah said he is considering challenging incumbent Orrin Hatch for their state’s Republican Senate nomination next year, adding that he is getting “increasing clarity” about a bid to unseat the six-term lawmaker.
Freshman House Republican Adam Kinzinger, endorsed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, defeated 10- term Representative Don Manzullo last night in the race to win their party’s nomination in a redrawn Illinois district.
In a southern Indiana banquet room last week, Republicans dined on pork chops, listened to local politicians, then cast an informal vote in a race on all their minds: next year’s re-election bid by six-term Senator Richard Lugar , their party’s senior-most member of Congress.
The two largest U.S. farm groups have come out against a proposed one-year extension of an agriculture-policy law that expires in September, saying producers of the nation’s crops and livestock need more certainty, especially amid a record drought.