May 21st, 2014
09:41 AM ET
3 months ago

5 things we learned on Tuesday

(CNN) - Six states held primaries on Tuesday, and once again anti-establishment candidates came up short in high-profile Republican showdowns.

That's a sharp difference with what we have seen over the last two election cycles, when establishment Republicans were overwhelmed by the insurgency in their own party and did little to stop it. But they appear to have turned the tables on the conservatives so far in this election cycle and have a string of victories to show for it.

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell easily dispatched Matt Bevin, who enjoyed the support of tea party activists and anti-establishment groups."

    Yeah. The Republican dude with the 35% state approval rating beat out the dude calling himself a TeaParty candidate. Puts a whole new light on what GOPerville is selling as top of the line candidates.

    Oh, and that approval rating thingy. Puts a whole new light on the anti-Obama media fascination with approval ratings.

    May 21, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. tom l

    Alison Grimes said in her speech last night that Barack Obama is not on the ballot. We'll see if she's right or wrong.

    May 21, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. old age voter

    This is a good thing; the Republican Party is getting more conservative candidates not establishment candidates; which is bad for the Democratic Party come this November.

    May 21, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. much thunder...little rain

    one thing you didnt really learn those independece...not so much...democrats all the way

    May 21, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Dead Bear

    I'm looking forward to Governor Wolf here in Pa... If the Republicans are steadfast in making this election about Barack Obama, they best prepare themselves for the consequences if the strategy backfires. He may just beat them a third time.

    May 21, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Silence DoGood

    @tom l
    Alison Grimes said in her speech last night that Barack Obama is not on the ballot. We'll see if she's right or wrong.
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    Thanks for the first conspiracy theory allusion I've seen this morning.
    This baseless rumor has been debunked.
    Is there a way conservatives can be persuaded to stick to reality instead of fantasy?
    Although I think this is their undoing.

    May 21, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. edgyaardvark

    Hopefully this means that John Q. Public is waking up and realizing that the Tea Party has done more harm than good in Congress.. here's to the end of Obstructionism.

    May 21, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. tom l

    Silence DoGood

    @tom l
    Alison Grimes said in her speech last night that Barack Obama is not on the ballot. We'll see if she's right or wrong.
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    Thanks for the first conspiracy theory allusion I've seen this morning.
    This baseless rumor has been debunked.
    Is there a way conservatives can be persuaded to stick to reality instead of fantasy?
    Although I think this is their undoing.
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    What on earth are you talking about? What "baseless rumor has been debunked" that I'm speaking of? I am not saying he will literally be on the ballot. His POLICIES will metaphorically be on the ballot. Better now? You have just demonstrated all that is wrong. You immediately look to jump on someone that doesn't have all of the same positions as you so you can't see straight when I make a comment (by the way, you do realize there are many issues we agree on, right?).

    May 21, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. CryBabies

    Keep spinning it "lefties"....It will make you feel good til November.

    May 21, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |