Tea Party wave that lifted Republicans threatens to engulf them

McCarthy explains his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Andy Sullivan and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In Washington, Republicans are rudderless after their candidate to lead the House of Representatives drops out. On the campaign trail, seasoned conservatives struggle in the presidential race while a reality TV star alienates the nation’s fastest-growing slice of the electorate. Since 2010, Republicans have harnessed the anti-establishment energy of the Tea Party movement to win control of Congress and recruit a deep field of candidates for the November 2016 presidential election.

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