GOP Establishment Earns Early Primary Season Wins in North Carolina and Ohio

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Things do not bode well for the tea party, if Tuesday's primaries in North Carolina and Ohio are any indication. The Republican Establishment scored a major win when North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis won the nomination for U.S. Senate with 46 percent of the vote. By avoiding a runoff election, he can focus on his campaign against vulnerable Democratic Senator Kay Hagan. House Speaker John Boehner easily beat his three primary opponents in Ohio, and tea party candidates were mostly unsuccessful in the two states' other House primaries. As for the Democrats, Clay Aiken had a slight lead in his bid to become a nominee for Congress in North Carolina. However, early on Wednesday the race was still too close to call, so keep texting those votes.