A ten-month primary campaign that cost $12 million is coming to a close today in Kentucky, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is poised to beat a tea party-styled challenger, Matt Bevin.
At one point, Bevin had been considered a threat to McConnell, but he faded after attending a rally to legalize cockfighting.
Today, Bevin is pushing back at suggestions that the tea party is losing its four-year drive to disrupt the Washington establishment. He calls that idea "bunk," and says that the "conviction to do the right thing" is "alive and well."
High-profile primaries from Oregon to Georgia today will help determine which party controls the Senate.
President Barack Obama and his health care overhaul will pose a challenge this fall for many Democrats — including Georgia’s Michelle Nunn, who is seeking a Senate seat in a state that Republicans control. In recent days, she has refused to say whether she would have voted for the health care law.
Nunn and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes — who is also expected to win her party’s nomination today — are seen as the Democrats’ best shots at picking up seats held by Republicans, who need to gain six seats to control the Senate for the final two years of Obama’s second term.
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