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Republicans keep tea party wing at bay in primary races
Republicans keep tea party wing at bay in primary races

Incumbent Republicans cruised to victory in key primary elections Tuesday, offering fresh evidence that the party's establishment wing has successfully neutralized outside conservative groups that have vexed congressional leaders since the rise of the tea party. In Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the party's leader in the Senate, easily won renomination for a sixth term over challenger Matt Bevin, who had hoped to tap into tea party activists' distrust of GOP leaders in Washington. McConnell was leading the Louisville businessman 60% to 36% late Tuesday with nearly all of the state's precincts reporting. McConnell now faces what will probably be a more significant...

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