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