How GOP incumbents beat Tea Party rebellion

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from The LA Times,

Maybe the GOP establishment has figured out the Tea Party.

Voters sided with business-oriented, mainstream Republicans in key states Tuesday night, picking nominees who have a better chance of winning in November than some Tea Party insurgents of he past. By doing so, the GOP is fielding a team that could help the party reclaim the power that eluded them in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Some lessons learned from the most consequential primaries to date:

1. Republicans can outfox their own.

2. Business and centrist groups were ready.

3. Personal wealth was helpful.

4. Game on for November.

The key is for the GOP to avoid the missteps of 2010 and 2012, when Tea Party candidates such as Sharron Angle in Nevada and Todd Akin in Missouri lost winnable races with weak campaigns and missteps.

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