Republicans did pretty well in Tuesday’s primary, holding to their plan to have on the fall ballot only candidates who are mainstream enough to defeat Democratic opponents.
They’re not having any more tea party embarrassments like Todd Akins, who two years ago made the infamous “legitimate rape” statement in his failed attempt to take the Senate seat from Democrat Claire McCaskill.
The tea party did its best, however, to put up candidates in Tuesday’s primary to bump established Republican officeholders like Kentucky’s Sen. Mitch McConnell. But voters decided to go with Republicans who could best take back the Senate and hold the House against Democrats and President Barack Obama.
A lot of money went into the primary. It is an indication that other primary elections this year will be costly.
The midterm elections in November promise to require record-setting campaign contributions when Republicans and Democrats go head to head.