(CNN) - They were much needed victories for the tea party movement. And major tea party and anti-establishment GOP groups were quick to celebrate.
But the wins Tuesday night by Ben Sasse in the Republican Senate primary in Nebraska and Alex Mooney in the GOP contest in West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District might be some of the last those on the right will celebrate this primary season. Anti-establishment candidates face long odds in upcoming GOP primaries.
(CNN) - Tuesday is more than just primary day in Nebraska.
It also marks the end of a wild three-way battle for the state's GOP Senate nomination, which may bring relief to Nebraska residents who've been inundated with campaign commercials. More than $3 million has been spent to run ads in the race, with the vast majority of that spending coming from outside groups.
(CNN) - A bipartisan Senate effort to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline collapsed Monday making it unlikely a politically potent vote on the project will take place before November’s midterm election.
A vote on Keystone was tied to the fate of an unrelated energy efficiency bill that has support in both parties. But that measure failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward after getting bogged down in partisan fighting over whether GOP amendments would be allowed.
(CNN) – The Democratic incumbent in what's turning into a crucial Senate race that could decide which party controls the chamber the next two years goes up Monday with the second television commercial of her re-election bid.
The ad, by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, airs a month after her leading Republican challenger, former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, went up with his first paid spot.
(CNN) - New polls in three southern states with crucial Senate contests this year indicate that Democrats remain very competitive as they try to keep control of the chamber.
But another new survey suggests that Republicans nationwide have a ten point advantage over Democrats when it comes to voter enthusiasm.
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(CNN) - A leading pro-Democratic outside group is up with a new television commercial that attacks the GOP's new Senate nominee in North Carolina.
But the most interesting part of the ad by Senate Majority PAC is that the woman narrating the spot infiltrated Tuesday's victory celebration for the candidate, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.
(CNN) – Rob Maness, a GOP candidate in the Louisiana Senate race, released his first television ad showing him tying up an alligator - an act he compares to his promise to tackle "career politicians" in Washington.
The retired Air Force colonel also got an endorsement Thursday from conservative firebrand Sarah Palin - another instance this election cycle where the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee threw her support behind the non-establishment GOP candidate.
(CNN) - Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is out with the first television commercial of her Democratic challenge against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
The positive 30-second spot highlights one of Grimes top achievements as secretary of state: a law she pushed for last year that makes it easier for U.S. troops overseas to vote.
Washington (CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Campaign is making an online push starting Thursday to familiarize voters in North Carolina and donors across the county with Thom Tillis, the GOP's new Senate nominee in the Tar Heel state.
The NRSC is blasting a biographical video of the North Carolina House speaker, using YouTube as platform for distribution across blogs and social networks.
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.