Breaking the recent win-streak of grassroots Tea Party candidates, Kelly Ayotte wins the New Hampshire Republican Primary for the recently vacated U.S. Senate seat by a narrow margin. The former Attorney General edged out Ovide LaMontagne for the GOP’s backing with a margin of only 1,667 votes.
The win brings relief for GOP pundits, as the former Attorney General has a much more central agenda compared to her Tea Party counterpart. However, the narrow defeat of an underfinanced LaMontagne alludes to deeper intraparty discord than initially thought. Get the full story, with video below!
Democratic pundits admitted privately that the Kelly Ayotte win would prove for a tougher race for their candidate, but insist that a divided Republican Party would prove easier to defeat. A recent win by Tea Party underdog Christine O’Donnell won the GOP primaries for the Delaware Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden. Republican supporters worry that the GOP establishment will not embrace fringe Tea Party candidates, and the party could lose its chance to regain control of the Senate.
“Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee — and I personally as the committee’s chairman — strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware,” Mr. Cornyn, of Texas, said in the statement.
But the victory of the mainstream candidate in New Hampshire is putting some worries to rest in the Republican camp. She will now face Democratic rival Paul Hodes, who has wasted no time in starting his campaign.
“Today, the Republicans in New Hampshire nominated another extreme right-wing candidate out of step with mainstream New Hampshire voters,’’ said Hodes in a statement after the Primary.
The intraparty dissent threatening the Republican Party is the largest obstacle facing the GOP in their quest to regain control of Congress. Public discontent with the current administration has already led to the creation of the Tea Party, and most think that further division within the GOP can only mean good news for Democratic hopefuls. But John Weaver, longtime Republican consultant to Senator John McCain, disagrees.
“They should be wary,” he said of the Democrats. “This isn’t just a Republican internal issue. There is palpable anger across the ideological divides in this country aimed at Washington.”
Do you think the infighting in the Republican Party is a threat to their plans of retaking Congress in the upcoming elections? The GOP needs 10 Senate seats for majority, and 40 for control of the House. Will they get it? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section! And don’t miss the video of the Kelly Ayotte win below!