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Primary Schooled: GOP Voters Snub Tea Party For Old Guard

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May 21, 2014 AT 5:35 AM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's victory in Kentucky, plus the upcoming runoff between GOP Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue in Georgia, represent something much more than wins for the Republican establishment over Tea Party insurgents. They signal a significant shift in thinking among Republican voters that winning in November matters more than ideological purity. In 2010, then-Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., summed up the attitude among many conservatives after Republican senators like Arlen Specter and Dick Lugar broke ranks to support parts of President Barack Obama's agenda: I’d rather have 30 Marco Rubios in the Senate than 60 Arlen Specters.