The political earthquake is still reverberating around D.C.
And many people are now asking, “Who is the next Dave Brat?”
Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of the 2014 Senate races is that none of the national tea party groups, other than Tea Party Nation, has become involved in this race.
Lamar Alexander is a political legend in Tennessee. He was twice elected governor. He is running for his third term as senator. He twice ran for president, and was George H.W. Bush’s education secretary.
And Alexander is in trouble.
Many Tennesseans, especially those in the tea party movement have long been upset with Alexander’s liberal voting record.
Alexander stepped down as the No. 3 Republican in the Senate in 2013 so that he could work more with Democrats and reach across the aisle. He is tied with Mississippi’s Thad Cochran for the lowest score by the American Conservative Union among Republican senators facing a primary challenge.
Since announcing he was running for Alexander’s seat, Joe Carr has run a very disciplined campaign. He has not made some of the rookie mistakes that other candidates running for the Senate this cycle have made. Despite the fact that he has had no outside support and Alexander’s campaign has locked up the establishment fundraising, Carr has had very solid and competitive fundraising.
Perhaps the most important point is that Alexander is in trouble in Tennessee.
For a politician with Lamar Alexander’s stature, to be under 50 percent this close to a primary is incredible.