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“The same tea party primary voters have left Republicans with unelectable extremists running all across the country who can’t appeal to the middle and alienate independents.”

In the general election, Mr. Yoho will be a heavy favorite in the conservative district. And a win in November won’t guarantee future election success, as voters would keep close tabs on his voting record, Mr. Jones said.

“This is a public service job; this is not a career,” he said. “You go up there (to Washington) and stand up for right. There is right, and there is wrong, It’s just black or white for most people, especially in the South.”