Joe Scarborough: GOP establishment’s goal is to knock Harry Reid from power

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Former Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough touted Sen. Thad Cochran’s win in the Mississippi primary race Wednesday as more proof that the GOP establishment is doing everything it can this primary season to avoid any surprises in the November election that could hurt its chances of knocking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from power.

Mr. Scarborough, the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said the establishment wing of the party does not to risk a repeat of any of the mishaps in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

In those elections, anti-establishment candidates won primary races, only to lose what most political observers deemed winnable seats — diminishing the GOP’s chances of taking control of the Senate and taking the gavel away from Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, he said.

“They know that Harry Reid should be back in Nevada going to boxing matches in his pajamas,” Mr. Scarborough said.

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