In the era of the “tea party,” is the moderate northeastern Republican in danger of going completely extinct? Tuesday’s primaries could give a clue.
Although tea party candidates have bumped off establishment favorites in GOP primaries this year, such results have generally come in conservative states where the victors also have a serious shot at winning in November.
The Northeast, meanwhile, is known for a more moderate, even liberal, electorate.
In these parts, moderate congressional Republicans have seen their numbers decline over the past few election cycles, with many longtime officeholders sent packing by the Democrats.
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