Sen. Pat Roberts Defeats Tea Party Primary Challenger
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) won his closely watched primary on Tuesday, dealing a dispiriting blow to the national tea party movement in one of its final chances this year to unseat a Republican senator.
Roberts defeated radiologist Milton Wolf, a combative conservative newcomer who fashioned himself as an ideological twin of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and vowed to bring dramatic change to the status quo in Washington. The senator will be heavily favored to win a fourth term in November, given his state’s rightward tilt.
Full results of Tuesday’s primaries
His victory raises the odds that for the first time since 2008, no Republican senator will lose in a primary. With most nominating contests complete, the last major test will come on Thursday in Tennessee, where Sen. Lamar Alexander is heavily favored against state Rep. Joe Carr, an immigration hard-liner running to the senator’s right.