Tea party groups across the nation are looking to repeat the success it had in the 2010 midterm elections when it shook up the GOP establishment, but helped Republicans regain control of the House.
Not only are the groups finding conservative candidates to challenge incumbent Democrats, long serving incumbent Republicans are also on the tea party’s chopping block.
“The loosely-knit coalition of groups has already targeted some of the Republican Party’s most established candidates, accusing them of compromising their conservative principles in negotiating with Democrats,” Fox News reported.
Guaranteed to be one of the most talked about tea party challenges in 2014, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is facing a primary from tea party favorite Nancy Mace, “the first female graduate of the Citadel,” the article noted.
Graham has infuriated grassroots conservatives with support of immigration-reform, and his criticism of Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster over the president’s drone strike policy.
Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi will face a challenge from Liz Cheney who doesn’t want to see long-term incumbents compromising with any Democrats.
“I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate,” Cheney said, according to Fox News. “Instead of cutting deals with the president’s liberal allies, we should be opposing them every step of the way.”
While the GOP is expected to keep control of the House, Republicans also have a “realistic” shot of picking up the six seats needed to take take control of the Senate,” the article said.
“The false narrative continues to be written that the Tea Party is dead and that 2014 will not be like 2010,” the national Tea Party Express recently said. “However, every month we see a strong example to the contrary.”