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August 07, 2014


Republicans Still Need to Worry About Primary Challengers

Nate Silver notes that "while Republican incumbent senators have gotten some credit lately for their clutch performances in Kansas, Mississippi and other states, where they've fended off challenges from more conservative opponents, the GOP still has plenty to worry about. There have been far more close calls to its incumbents than usual."

"Between 2004 and 2008, just four of 39 Republican senators running for renomination, or 10 percent of them, got less than 65 percent of the primary vote. This year, five of 10 have fallen below that threshold: not only Roberts, Cochran and McConnell, but also Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Cornyn of Texas, who both benefited from running against divided fields."














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