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Tea party-backed State Rep. Joe Carr hopes to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican who is backed by the GOP establishment. Tea party groups are supporting a number of Senate and House races across the country, in including some Kansas and Georgia. (Associated Press)

Tea party still has election hopes as chances dwindle

Looking to rebound from a heartbreaking loss in Mississippi's Senate primary, national tea party groups say they still hope to score a few victories to bolster their ranks as they prepare for policy battles on Capitol Hill. Published July 2, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida favors a more aggressive U.S. military campaign to combat Islamic militants in Iraq. (Associated Press)

ISIL's rise forces GOP 2016 hopefuls to weigh in on intervention

The rise of Islamist guerrillas in Iraq is forcing 2016 GOP presidential contenders to pick sides in the ongoing debate over whether the invasion of Iraq was worth it and whether the U.S. should re-engage in the Arab nation's mounting problems. Published July 2, 2014

** FILE ** State Sen. Chris McDaniel has yet to concede victory to Sen. Thad Cochran. His campaign says it wants to investigate "irregularities" in the primary race as it considers whether to pursue a legal challenge. (Associated Press)

Chris McDaniel, True the Vote challenge Mississippi primary vote

A conservative group filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday challenging the outcome of the bitter Mississippi GOP Senate primary, saying that investigators should take more time to determine whether election laws have been broken and whether illegal ballots were cast. Published July 1, 2014

Bills in the Senate is still as a statue in the Capitol Rotunda, but Republicans hope to get things moving if they win control of the chamber in the midterm elections. Polls suggest they have a solid chance. (Associated Press)

GOP homing in on Senate, ready to push policies

Having beaten back all of the tea party challengers so far this year, Senate Republicans have assembled a field of candidates well-poised to hold their own seats and make a run at the at least six Democrat-held seats needed to flip control of the chamber and start calling the shots in the upper chamber. Published June 29, 2014

** FILE ** Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Huckabee endorses Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election bid

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday endorsed Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election bid in a new campaign ad, saying he is ready to step into the ring and fight against anyone who challenges the veteran lawmaker's conservative credentials. Published June 27, 2014

Chris McDaniel (Associated Press)

Chris McDaniel's campaign to investigate 'irregularities' in Mississippi runoff

State Sen. Chris McDaniel said Wednesday that his campaign team plans to investigate "irregularities" in the primary race, as it considers whether to pursue some sort of legal challenge after his razor-thin loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in a Republican runoff a day earlier. Published June 26, 2014

Rep. James Lankford: 'National tea party' is oxymoron

Rep. James Lankford said Wednesday that his victory in the Oklahoma Senate primary race should serve as a clear reminder that local tea party activists are not going to take their marching orders from the national groups that claim the mantle of the grassroots movement. Published June 25, 2014

Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

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

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. Published June 25, 2014

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ** FILE **

Cochran wins Mississippi primary runoff

Sen. Thad Cochran turned back a hard challenge from tea-party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Senate runoff race Tuesday, handing the party establishment arguably its biggest win of the 2014 primary season and boosting Republican hopes of flipping control of the Senate in the November election. Published June 24, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2014. Christie joined the parade of ambitious Republicans courting religious conservatives as the early jockeying for the next presidential contest intensifies.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: Time to rethink war on drugs

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a gathering of social conservatives Friday that the nation's decades-long "war on drugs" has failed and that incarceration is not the cure for drug addiction. Published June 20, 2014

Ralph Reed: IRS should be abolished, building fumigated, razed

Ralph Reed, the head of Freedom and Faith Coalition, called on social conservatives Friday to help Republicans take over the Senate in the fall election, saying that it would open the door for Congress to pull the plug on the IRS. Published June 20, 2014