The Tea Party scored a victory in Nebraska’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, a win that groups tied to the limited-government movement are banking will boost momentum heading into the heart of the 2014 nomination calendar.
Defining battles in a Republican Party feud will play out during the next month in primaries that will help determine control of the U.S. Senate and shape the party’s priorities before the 2016 presidential campaign.
Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Delaware, becoming the latest insurgent candidate to overcome opposition from party officials who expressed doubt about her chances of winning the seat in November.
The election that will determine control of the U.S. Senate is more than seven months away, an eternity in American politics. Even so, independent analysts are increasingly bullish on Republican prospects of gaining the six seats the party needs to win control of the chamber.
Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell defeated a veteran lawmaker for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Delaware, an upset analysts said would increase Democrats’ chances of holding the seat and retaining control of the chamber in November.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Republicans in Washington wanted North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis to quickly win the party’s Senate nomination and focus entirely on vulnerable Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.