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(CNN) - Despite primary election blows to Republican establishment candidates, House GOP Leader John Boehner said Wednesday he is not surprised by the results.
"You have heard me talk all year about the rebellion that is going on in America. I have never seen more Americans engaged in our government in my lifetime," Boehner said Wednesday at his first weekly press conference since returning from the summer recess.
Boehner suggested intra-party skirmishes have subsided with the final primary elections of the season and he urged Republicans to embrace voters who propelled lesser known conservative candidates to victory over GOP party picks.
"Now that we're out of the primary season, all members and all of our candidates have to work closely with all of these Americans who are newly engaged in their government, " Boehner said. "We want to encourage American's to take an active role in their government because when Americans are engaged Washington listens."