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Senate GOP to consult with Tea Party and other activists in future Senate primary races-WSJ

November 19, 2012

11/16/12, “Senate GOP Plans to Play Bigger Role in Party Primaries,” Wall St. Journal, Naftali Bendavid

Republican leaders in the Senate, frustrated by losing seats they thought they could win, are preparing to play a more assertive role in primary races, in consultation with the tea party and other conservative activists.

The strategy reflects a change from the 2012 election, in which Senate GOP leaders took a relatively hands-off approach to party primaries. Now, Senate leadership is likely to back a favored candidate in certain cases, as it had done in 2010 and before, but to take the new step of bringing activists into the conversation about potential nominees early.

The tea party has been both ...” (subscription, but even this bit was interesting, the rest may be available elsewhere, ed.)

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