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** FILE ** Steven LaTourette (Associated Press)

GOP establishment trumps tea party in early primaries

The GOP establishment has rattled off a series of victories in the opening rounds of the 2014 primary season, sending a strong reminder of the power its web of fundraisers, donors and kingmakers wield at the ballot box and leaving the tea party looking for its first signature win of the election year. Published May 7, 2014

Thom Tillis speaks to supporters at a election night rally in Charlotte, N.C., after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday, May 6, 2014.   Tillis, the Republican establishment’s favored son in North Carolina, won the state’s Senate nomination by running as a proud conservative who’s not terribly different from his tea party and Christian-right opponents.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

GOP establishment defeats tea partyers in Ohio, N.C. and Indiana primaries

In matchups of the Republican establishment versus tea party challengers, House Speaker John A. Boehner won his GOP primary race Tuesday night and North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis came out on top in the U.S. Senate primary race — and won the 40 percent of the vote required to avoid a July run-off election. Published May 6, 2014

Rep. Paul Broun. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Republican Senate candidates stake out difficult immigration stances

While most of the Republicans testing the 2016 presidential waters are in favor of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, the GOP's Senate candidates are generally focusing on the enforcement side, calling for a crackdown — a striking difference that underscores just how difficult the issue is for the party. Published May 5, 2014

Republican senatorial candidate Thom Tillis, front-runner in North Carolina's primary, may face a runoff election in July that could impede his Senate bid. (Associated Press)

North Carolina Republican primary could hamper Senate hopes

The biggest question looming over North Carolina's GOP Senate primary on Tuesday is whether state House Speaker Thom Tillis can gain enough support to win the nomination outright and shift all of his attention to Sen. Kay Hagan, one of the more vulnerable Democrats in the midterm elections. Published May 5, 2014

Tilting Right? Republicans are gearing up for efforts to control both chambers of the Capitol after the November midterm elections. The outcome may become more clear after Senate primary contests in several swing states next month. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Republican hopes for Senate could hinge on winners of primaries

The Republican primary season kicks into high gear next month with a series of high-profile Senate contests that will help determine whether the GOP can take control of the upper chamber from Democrats in the midterm elections. Published April 29, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during an event to announce the expansion of Family Care, a state-administered program that provides long-term care to disabled and elderly residents under Medicaid during an event at Options for Independent Living in Green Bay Monday, April 21, 2014.  (AP Photo/Press-Gazette Media, Jim Matthews)

Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law

A federal judge reopened the voter identification debate Tuesday when he struck down a new Wisconsin law, saying it discriminated against blacks and Hispanics, and renewing doubts about the Republican push for stricter voting laws across the country. Published April 29, 2014

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, are on the first green as they play golf at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.,  Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

John Boehner foe canned over 'electile dysfunction' ad

"Signs of electile dysfunction may include extreme skin discoloration, the inability to punch oneself out of a wet paper bag, or maintain a spine in the face of liberal opposition... smoking, and golf," a narrator says. "If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention." Published April 28, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, April 25, 2014, in Indianapolis. Several potential Republican contenders for president planned on courting gun-rights supporters at the convention Friday. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Mitch McConnell vows to stand with gun owners

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to be an advocate for gun owners on Capitol Hill if Republicans capture the Senate in the fall election and he becomes the next majority. Published April 25, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Friday, April 25, 2014, in Indianapolis. Several potential Republican contenders for president planned on courting gun-rights supporters at the convention Friday. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Rubio offers strong defense of gun rights

INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday praised the National Rifle Association for defending the Second Amendment rights of individuals and families across the nation that the Florida Republican said are under attack from the Obama administration. Published April 25, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz addresses the crowd at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Valley Morning Star/David Pike)

Sen. Ted Cruz to headline New Hampshire dinner

Sen. Ted Cruz is headlining an annual Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday for the Carroll County Republican Committee in New Hampshire — putting the Texas Republican and possible 2016 presidential contender back in the first-in-the-nation primary state for the second time this month. Published April 25, 2014

** FILE ** Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation. (Associated Press)

Tea party leader warns: John Boehner supports amnesty

The leader of a tea party group warned Friday that House GOP leaders will cave to Democrats on the issue of immigration by signing off on a proposal that includes a "suicidal leap for amnesty." Published April 25, 2014

Michelle Steel, a Republican candidate for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, is one of many GOP candidates tapping into Democratic-style identity politics to win support among minority voters. (Associated Press)

GOP 'California dreamin'' for minority voters

Kwang Song has never voted in the United States, but that could change after the 71-year-old bumped into Michelle Steel, a Republican candidate for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, outside the Hannam Chain Korean market in northern Orange County this month. Published April 24, 2014

Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at a protest camp near Bunkerville, Nev. Friday, April 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

Rand Paul: Bundy's racist remarks are 'offensive'

Sen. Rand Paul distanced himself Thursday from Cliven Bundy's recent remarks on race, roughly a week after the likely 2016 presidential contender knocked the way the federal government has handled the land dispute with the defiant rancher. Published April 24, 2014