McConnell Beats Tea Party Challenger Matt Bevin in GOP Primary

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has defeated tea party opponent Matt Bevin in the Republican primary for this year’s Senate race in Kentucky, the AP reports. The McConnell-Bevin race was viewed as another prime example of the split between the GOP establishment and the more conservative tea party candidates; a split that John Boehner today denied is really there.

Last year McConnell said Republicans should push back against the “utter nonsense” being pushed by outside conservative groups, and back in March, McConnell gave an interview in which he declared that Republicans like himself would “crush” tea party challengers all over the country. (McConnell did say recently if Bevin won the primary tonight, he would support him.)

McConnell will go on to face the Democratic candidate, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

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