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North Carolina's fine line between GOP establishment, tea party
North Carolina's fine line between GOP establishment, tea party

The victory of Thom Tillis in the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina is widely seen as a win for the GOP establishment over the tea party. But establishment is a relative term these days as the GOP's internal divisions have pushed the Republican Party to the right. At a time when the Tar Heel State took a decidedly hard-right turn, it remains to be seen just how much a mainstream Republican Tillis is. Setting the narrative for both Tillis, the speaker of the state House, and his opponent in November, endangered Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, will become a high-stakes war of words in what could become the most politically brutal race in the battle for control...