June 25th, 2014
09:08 AM ET
5 years ago

5 things we learned from Tuesday's primaries

Washington (CNN) - The establishment struck back.

Two weeks after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss to a little-known and underfunded tea party challenger rocked the Republican Party, incumbent and mainstream GOP candidates came out on top in several high-profile primary showdowns.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    I didn't learn anything. I already know that most of the Tea Parry candidates are extremist activists.

    June 25, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. smith

    As I predicted, the GOP screamed their usually talking points and squeaked out wins. How will this translate come Nov.? My opinion, small gains in the house and senate by GOP but not enough to change the gridlock.

    June 25, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. Much thunder...little rain

    Gee another lifer. I promise there is life after politics really there is

    June 25, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Anthony

    If a Republican can win by turning out Democrats in Mississippi, Democrats can win by turning out Democrats in 2014.

    June 25, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh. Am I not allowed to thank the TeaPers for another mindless loss? Ah, well. Such is CNN.

    June 25, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    I learned that the TP crowd are sore losers, and per direction from their rightwing radio gods will always default to blaming Democrats and "libruls" for their losses.

    June 25, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Lily

    I was quite impressed by the turnout in MS. Well done Dems. You can do it when you determine to do so. Remember November will be the time to teach the final lesson to: Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Santorum and the rest. They need to get out of the kitchen completely.

    June 25, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    We learned that the mainstream GOP is as corrupt as the Democrats........who will stop at nothing to win, including inviting Dems to vote for them.

    June 25, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Lolo

    They better try to eke out wins against the tea party. They created the monster now they have to slay it. Like my Mom told me be careful what you ask for. The Gop created a big division in this country, now they have to eat their own to survive. Karma is a you know what for the GOP/TP KKK Klan.

    June 25, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Meanwhile, in less important news, we've learned that the economy contracted 2.9% in the first quarter of 2014, far more than originally "reported".

    Musta been the bad weather. Yeah... that's it. The weather.

    June 25, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Lolo

    One more thing, get out there and vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel
    We learned that the mainstream GOP is as corrupt as the Democrats........who will stop at nothing to win, including inviting Dems to vote for them.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except MS has open primaries, and the runoff was only "open" to dems who voted in the red primary a few weeks ago. If the residents of MS don't like it perhaps they should start a petition to get a referendum on the ballot to do away with open primaries and voters to vote in their own primaries. That being said, since you know soooo much about the outcome of last night's runoff, how many Dems actually went to the polls, and who did they vote for?

    June 25, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @Malory Archer
    I learned that the TP crowd are sore losers, and per direction from their rightwing radio gods will always default to blaming Democrats and "libruls" for their losses.
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    The right wing whiners are like petulant 5 year olds.
    It is always someone else's fault when they lose.
    The scary thing is that they are also the ones prompting violence in the form of "2nd amendment" solutions.
    Watch for some follow up violence somewhere, especially with Chris McDaniel refusing to concede.

    June 25, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "The establishment struck back."

    Your and the GOP establishment's "resurgence" narrative is still dead. Turning it into a zombie narrative will just make you look foolish. Cochran literally squeaked into the nomination by a margin as thin as the hair across a Teatroll's arse. As anyone with a brain would have told you, had you been willing to listen instead of trying to write the story instead of just report it, it was going to be a mixed bag from the start with races swinging both ways in different areas and for different reasons.

    June 25, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. freedom

    McDaniel got hijacked. He will investigate this election – it was to be decided on only by Republicans – and was very close – there is something illegal that happened – and it should be revealed – or it will happen again and again.

    June 25, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Silence DoGood

    As a liberal, I was hoping for a Chris McDaniel win. When the loonier conservative wins, they generally lose worse to the Dem challenger in the final voting.
    The Tea Party either loses right off or they waste time and money.
    There is no downside really.

    June 25, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "small gains in the house and senate by GOP "

    There's not much room for gains in the House for them. That's the funny thing about gerrymandering: not only does it lock in the districts for the people who were gerrymandering, but it tends to lock in the districts for their opponents too (just less of them because they weren't the ones in charge of the districting). The Senate might see a slight shift...totally agree with you there...but no flip in majority control.

    June 25, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @freedom
    McDaniel got hijacked. He will investigate this election – it was to be decided on only by Republicans – and was very close – there is something illegal that happened – and it should be revealed – or it will happen again and again.
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    If there was clear strong conservative support, McDaniel would have won. Past investigations into the imaginary voter fraud have turned up little to nothing. Why do conservatives go right to conspiracy theories instead of thinking about why the GOP voters didn't all rush to an radical right extremist?

    Here's a crazy idea: Maybe he didn't get enough votes.

    June 25, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    We learned that the mainstream GOP is as corrupt as the Democrats........who will stop at nothing to win, including inviting Dems to vote for them.
    -----------------------------
    Well, isn't it normal for Republicans to try to convince Democrats to vote for them? It doesn't always work, such as was the case with Mitt Romney in 2012, for example. Isn't normal for Democrats to try the same with Republicans?

    June 25, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    reedom

    McDaniel got hijacked. He will investigate this election – it was to be decided on only by Republicans – and was very close – there is something illegal that happened – and it should be revealed – or it will happen again and again.
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    If you're suggesting that McDaniel got hijacked by Democratic voters, then I suppose that many Democratic voters didn't want a man with McDaniel's checkered record representing Mississippi. I have no doubt that many black voters didn't want an apparent racist secessionist representing them. McDaniel's hateful words are a matter of public record.

    June 25, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    Silence DoGood
    @Malory Archer
    I learned that the TP crowd are sore losers, and per direction from their rightwing radio gods will always default to blaming Democrats and "libruls" for their losses.
    ---–
    The right wing whiners are like petulant 5 year olds.
    It is always someone else's fault when they lose.
    The scary thing is that they are also the ones prompting violence in the form of "2nd amendment" solutions.
    Watch for some follow up violence somewhere, especially with Chris McDaniel refusing to concede.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hmmm, I wonder if there's any relation between chris mcdaniel and our good buddy rick.

    June 25, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "McDaniel got hijacked. He will investigate this election"

    Really? Will McDaniel be doing that before or after the investigation into why 3 of his top campaign workers called the local police at like 3:00 a.m., because they magically managed to get locked in the courthouse alone with the ballots ALONE on the night of the original election?

    June 25, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "We learned that the mainstream GOP is as corrupt as the Democrats........who will stop at nothing to win, including inviting Dems to vote for them."

    I see. So are you now officially declaring the party should hate "Reagan Democrats"?

    June 25, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Boomer in Mo

    Ordinary Americans are finally looking behind the curtain of the Tea Party and finding a bunch of oligarchs, especially the Koch boys. You can fool the public, sometimes for a long time, but eventually they come after you.

    June 25, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "including inviting Dems to vote for them."

    But wasn't this the strategy after Reince Preibus offered his autopsy report? Get all the Dems on board. Even Rand Paul has been soapbox pandering to the left for votes.

    GOPerville really needs to get it together. One day they want Dems to vote for their candidate ... next day they complain Dems are messy up the status quo by voting for their candidates.

    June 25, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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