The Republican establishment candidate in a key US Senate primary race handily defeated his tea party challenger, fueling the party’s bid to defeat Democratic rivals in November elections. In the biggest early crunch vote of the 2014 campaign calendar…
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Thom Tillis wins GOP Senate primary in North Carolina
Catalina Camia, USA TODAY 10:46 p.m. EDT May 6, 2014
WASHINGTON — Thom Tillis won the GOP Senate nomination in North Carolina on Tuesday, delivering a big win to establishment Republicans over Tea Party insurgents.
Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House, easily got over the 40% threshold needed to avoid a runoff in the closely watched Senate primary. His nomination sets up a fall matchup against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, in one of the races that could decide which party controls the Senate.
Thom Tillis wins North Carolina GOP Senate primary
Published May 06, 2014
April 23, 2014: Republican senatorial candidate Thom Tillis responds during a televised debate at WRAL television studios in Raleigh, N.C.AP
Thom Tillis, the North Carolina House speaker, won the state’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, setting up a battle against Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan in the fall.
Tillis, considered the GOP establishment’s candidate, topped Tea Party-aligned candidate Greg Brannon and pastor Mark Harris. Four other Republicans also sought the nomination.
Tillis had the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Right to Life Committee and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. National party leaders have targeted Hagan as part of their effort to try to gain control of the Senate.
NC lawmaker wins GOP Senate nomination
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
By: Associated Press
WASHINGTON — North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis captured the Republican nomination to oppose imperiled Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan Tuesday night, overcoming anti-establishment rivals by a comfortable margin in the first of a springtime spate of primaries testing the strength of a tea party movement that first rocked the GOP four years ago.
In Ohio, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald won the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. John Kasich in the fall. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, rolled to re-nomination for another term in Congress, his 13th.
On a night that was kind to Republican incumbents in three states, GOP Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana easily fended off a challenge from the right, rolling up 75 percent of the votes in a three-way race. First-term Rep. David Joyce of Ohio had a slightly tougher time but was running well ahead of his tea party rival.
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