The pacification of the tea party movement had settled into conventional wisdom in the 2014 campaign season. An outsize victory by unknown David Brat over Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 House Republican, upends that view.
A better test of California's two big political reforms – an 'open' primary system and citizen-led redistricting – will come in November. But Tuesday's primaries yielded more competitive races and more candidates seeking middle ground, reformers say.
Joni Ernest won the Republican primary for US Senate in Iowa and now has a chance to take a Democratic-held seat. With viral Internet ads, a compelling story, and good shooting aim, she's united the tea party and GOP establishment behind her.
Tea party Republican Chris McDaniel barely leads Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi primary, with the race perhaps heading to a June 24 runoff. If Mr. McDaniel wins, Democrats hope he could implode like other tea party candidates have.
Political newcomer David Perdue was top vote-getter in Tuesday's GOP primary for the US Senate seat in Georgia. Neither he nor Rep. Jack Kingston, who also advances to the July 22 runoff, is an insurgent Republican.
In a handful of states, including Georgia, Democratic Senate candidates are counting on black voters to turn out big time to help them win. But signs are that enthusiasm for Democrats has been slipping among African-Americans.
Kentucky residents say Obamacare needs fixing, but they also find things to like about the state's exchange, kynect. That means the health care law may not be the spear tip that GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell, up for reelection, had hoped.
Ben Sasse, winner of the GOP Senate primary in Nebraska, has heavyweight backing from tea party groups – and he gives the insurgent wing an important victory. But he talks more like a uniter than a member of a rebel cause.
North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) turned back a tea party challenger Tuesday in the state's GOP primary for US Senate. Republicans hope to pick up that seat in November, on the way to winning Senate control.
In Democrats' quest this fall to keep control of the US Senate, help from young voters may be scarce, a new poll finds. About 3 in 4 young adults have no definite intention of voting – and disinterest is highest among Democrats.