Tea Party's Last Real Senate Hope Loses
Pat Roberts prevails in Kansas
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2014 1:55 AM CDT
Updated Aug 6, 2014 5:43 AM CDT
Milton Wolf, right, calls voters at his campaign headquarters yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – Another big win for the GOP establishment: Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has defeated Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf, ending what Politico calls "conservatives' last, best hope to topple an incumbent GOP senator this year." Roberts, who has been in Congress since 1981 and a senator since 1997, had a 48% to 41% lead over Wolf with 95% of precincts reporting, according to the AP. The campaign of Wolf, a radiologist and a distant cousin of President Obama, took a hit early this year when it emerged that he had posted patient X-rays on Facebook and joked about them.

"Tonight, we reaffirmed what we all knew. We are Kansas-loving conservative Republicans, and we are in charge of our own future," Roberts told supporters. "My posse did not flinch, even though there were times when their candidate—me—stepped on our message." In other GOP primaries yesterday, a Tea Party congressman in eastern Michigan was defeated by a lawyer backed by business groups, while a libertarian-leaning congressman in the western part of the state defeated a business-backed challenger, the New York Times reports.

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Aug 7, 2014 12:49 AM CDT
Thank you for asking, troy705 and JackNelsonSteward. The tea party has in the past been known to dispute AGW. They have expressed the opinion that science is a liberal invention. The topic is the demise of the tea party. In your grief you may have forgotten the tea party's position on AGW and science. (they think that science is a waste of time and money especially for women - they think "how much science does it take to fix a meal and clean the house?") The tea party began as a white secessionist movement in Georgia. It incorporated former members of the KKK (defeated by the SPLC) and the John Birch society. Their strategy was simple. Just appeal to people's desire for more money. Now they had a run at destroying the Federal government. People who gave some support have listened to them and they realized that these tea party folk are more complex than just keeping more of your dollars. Most people found the KKK and the John Birchers reprehensible and they still do even with the pretensions of the tea party.
Aug 6, 2014 5:31 PM CDT
A Republican president and Republican Congress in 2016, these socialist programs that are outdated and proven not to work will be eliminated. No more payouts for social security or medicare, food stamps and unemployment gone , wasteful spending cut, this country will be on its way again. It will mean tightening the belt, but our great grandchildren will at least reap the benefit of our sacrifices. No one will if we don't and soon !
Aug 6, 2014 2:15 PM CDT
Lets remember, the teabaggers are trying to buy local elections as well