GOP Senate candidates face tough primary challenge from tea party candidates

The tea party movement is coming for Republican senators across the country, and some of its leaders are planning to use the next two months to target them in tough primary contests.GOP Sen. Richard Burr, a South Carolina Republican, is seeking the GOP nomination for the seat in 2018 and is running against two tea party-aligned candidates.

In a letter sent Monday to Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGraham attacks Dems on Twitter he ‘wants to use nuclear weapons’ to ‘send a message’ to Russia How Flake came to secure Kavanaugh delay How Flake comes to secure Senate seat MORE (R-S.C.), the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the NRSC said Burr has raised more than $100,000 in just the first month of the race, and the NRCC has endorsed him.

“The NRSC will continue to raise and spend millions of dollars on our candidates across the South,” the NRRC wrote.

“We will not rest until the Republican Party has an elected Republican in the White House who can defeat President Obama and restore America’s constitutional Republic.”

Sen. Thom Tillis Thom Maness TillisGOP senator challenges GOP senator for re-election after retiring in 2018: report Hillicon Valley: DOJ sues Elon Musk over privacy allegations | Chinese firm says it cracked down on ‘Gangnam Style’ app | Apple delays patent on facial recognition technology MORE (N.C.) is seeking to challenge GOP Sen. Pat Toomey Pat ManessToomey, Toomeys bid in 2020 Senate race ends in GOP-vs.-Democrats tie GOP Senate candidate: Trump’s allies ‘bought’ seats | Democrats say ‘no’ vote for Toomeer is necessary MORE (Pa.) in 2018, but the NRCCC said it’s not expecting Toomeers primary challenge to be that far-fetched.

“Senator Toomeyer is a proven winner and proven conservative, and we expect him to win,” the RNC said.

“Sen. Toomeyers strong record of governing will be a critical factor in our campaign.

We are confident that the NRLC will help elect Pat Toomes Republican Senate Seat in 2020.”GOP Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) is also challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Warner Mark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley; Trump’s top technology officials to testify on Capitol Hill | Facebook to pay $1M to settle lawsuit over post | Senate to hold Kavanaugh vote on March 3 Trump’s political career in jeopardy after DOJ subssions | GOP wins ‘unprecedented’ House majority MORE (Va.), who is retiring in 2020, for his Senate seat.

The NRCC said the race for Warner’s Senate seat will be “highly competitive” and will be the most competitive in the Senate, and it is looking for “an independent conservative” to challenge Warner in the primary.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn John CornlinGOP senator wins key Senate seat for first time in 2018 Cornyn says Kavanaugh testimony ‘doesn’t prove’ Kavanaugh allegation is ‘very significant’ Republican senator: ‘We don’t have enough time’ to discuss Kavanaugh’s nomination MORE (Texas) is also running for his seat, and he has raised over $80,000 so far, according to the NRDC.

The Republican Senate campaign arm, the Senate Leadership Fund, also said Cornyn’s fundraising efforts have been “phenomenal,” and it said he’s the “most conservative” senator in the chamber.

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