Some GOP strategists say his presidential campaign is as good as done following his criticism of Paul Ryan's plan for Medicare, but Newt Gingrich isn't giving up. The week ahead could be telling.
The nomination of Kelly Ayotte for a US Senate seat from New Hampshire is good news for the Republican Party establishment, given these 'tea party' times.
Kelly Ayotte – the candidate backed by Sarah Palin – holds a slight edge over Ovide Lamontagne, the Senate candidate backed by tea party activists in the New Hampshire Republican primary. But race is still too close to call.
Christine O'Donnell is the new GOP nominee for the Delaware Senate seat, having benefited from tea party support. The question now is what the tea-party enthusiasm – and candidates – mean for the GOP’s electoral fortunes in November.
In the New Hamphire primary, Kelly Ayotte may be the GOP establishment's pick in the Senate race, but she also has Sarah Palin’s endorsement. Ovide Lamontagne is the challenger to watch.
Sarah Palin has seven endorsees running in Tuesday’s primaries. Sen. Jim DeMint has backed winning Senate primary candidates in Florida, Kentucky, and Colorado. Both appear to be setting up power bases.
Democrats will be watching the Republican contests closely, hoping for additional upsets by tea party-backed candidates. Democrats hope the Republicans will be saddled with unelectable candidates. Republicans are looking to ride a wave of voter anger over the sputtering economy and politics-as-usual to regain control of Congress. The competition between traditional Republicans and their tea party counterparts is particularly strong in Delaware, New Hampshire, and New York. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Maryland also hold primaries Tuesday.