Politics

Aug 15, 2012 9:15 AM by Summer Yu

Tea party upset; mainstream GOP hopefuls survive primaries

WASHINGTON (AP) - A pair of veteran Republicans have survived primary challenges from conservative candidates, while a tea party favorite is nearing an upset in another contest.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson won a Senate primary and Rep. John Mica of Florida survived a primary against tea party freshman Rep. Sandy Adams yesterday. That battle was set up by redistricting.

Also in Florida, veterinarian and political novice Ted Yoho stole much of the spotlight. Tea party challenger Yoho was on the verge of a major upset against 12-term GOP Rep. Cliff Stearns.

In Connecticut, wealthy former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, the GOP's endorsed candidate, defeated former Rep. Christopher Shays in the Senate primary.

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