August 6, 2014
SEN. PAT ROBERTS BEAT MILT WOLF, though it was closer than some expected. But even an unsuccessful primary challenge has its value. One thing that helped Roberts, I think, is that he’s been strongly anti-amnesty all along, which took a big issue off the table for Wolf. Meanwhile, Justin Amash easily survived an establishment attempt to get rid of him.
UPDATE: From the comments: “I notice that article pushes the lie that Todd Akin was a Tea Party candidate, when nothing could have been further from the truth. He got elected because the Democrats campaigned for him (as he was a weak opponent) and the conservative vote with split between someone Sarah Palin endorsed and a Tea Party candidate.” Good point.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Dan Riehl is not amused. “Only able to capture 48% of their own vote, the Republican establishment did not emerge energized and victorious out of Kansas last night – what it did was throw just enough money at Kansas to enable an aging, out of touch politician to cling to power for just a few more years.”