After final primary losses, a wounded GOP establishment looks to November

After Final Primary Losses, A Wounded Gop Establishment Looks To November - Diyosmrty4I63Igwifjjtp7L2U

The final primaries before the November midterms dealt a closing blow to the Republican establishment, with New Hampshire voters rejecting House and Senate candidates backed by state and federal GOP leadership in favor of hard-right conservatives who used them as foils in their campaigns.

Tuesday’s results concluded six months of expensive and fractious nominating contests that reflected the influence of Donald Trump and his polarizing movement — even in congressional races like in New Hampshire, where he did not make an endorsement. GOP primary voters often picked standard-bearers who embraced his false election claims, emulated his combative style and promoted his ideas.

On Wednesday, Republican Don Bolduc, an election denier who has raised the prospect of abolishing the FBI, advanced to a showdown with Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in the fall, withstanding a $5 million advertising onslaught from a group with ties to Senate Republican leaders. Republican Robert Burns, who…

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This article was written by David Weigel and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com