2014-05-19T142901Z_2_CBREA4H1DH000_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-IDAHO

With ads and foot soldiers, Republican 'establishment' squeezes Tea Party

Challenger Smith shake hands with incumbent Congressman Simpson as they meet for a televised debate for the upcoming Republican primary election in BoiseBy Andy Sullivan BOISE, Idaho (Reuters) – On a recent Saturday, foot soldiers in the Republican Party’s civil war fanned out across a neighborhood of winding streets and manicured lawns to beat back the Tea Party. Over the course of two hours, dozens of residents said they planned to vote in the May 20 primary election for Idaho Representative Mike Simpson, a veteran lawmaker with a reputation for pragmatism. None said they would back his Tea Party challenger Bryan Smith. As he heads for a likely victory on Tuesday, Simpson has plenty of help.

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