May 7th, 2014
08:04 AM ET
7 months ago

5 takeaways from election night

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Republicans avoided a major headache on Tuesday night when Thom Tillis, the North Carolina house speaker and establishment favorite, won the Republican Senate nomination outright, dodging a protracted summer runoff fight against a grassroots-backed opponent.

With an assist from big-spending outside groups, Tillis dispatched his two main primary rivals, tea party-backed Greg Brannon and the Baptist pastor Mark Harris, with relative ease, clearing the 40% mark needed to skirt a July runoff election.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • North Carolina • Senate
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    The establishment guy won, but that still doesn't mean that he's a moderate. Tillis is just a right winger, just not right wingish enough as his teatard opponent was. The only take away I got from this is that the establishment is more concerned about winning and trying to put their nutjobs on silence.

    May 7, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    One might say that the establishment strikes back at the tea party.

    May 7, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Tillis .... "won the Republican Senate nomination outright, dodging a protracted summer runoff fight against a grassroots-backed opponent."

    Nah - nothing doing, CNN. Tillis won his Republican primary against other like minded Republicans.

    TeaPers / Republicans ... One In The Same.

    May 7, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |