GOP establishment wins again in Alaska, Wyoming

McClatchy Washington BureauAugust 20, 2014 

Alaska Primary

Dan Sullivan, candidate for the Republican candidate for election to the U.S. Senate, waves signs along a busy street on the morning of Alaska's primary election Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)


Tuesday was another big night for the Republican establishment, as its candidates won key races in Alaska and Wyoming.

In Alaska, former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan topped two major challengers, including tea party favorite Joe Miller, for the U.S. Senate nomination. Sullivan, backed by former George W. Bush political guru Karl Rove and others, will face Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska.

Begich, who easily won his primary, is seen as one of the nation’s most vulnerable Democrats

Matt Canter, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee deputy executive director, was quick to blast Sullivan. “Alaska’s bitter and divisive Republican primary exposed that Dan Sullivan does not look out for what’s in the best interests of Alaskans,” Canter said.

With 98.6 percent of precincts reporting, Sullivan had 40 percent. Miller had 32 percent and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell had 25 percent.

In Wyoming, Gov. Matt Mead defeated two challengers in his bid for the Republican nomination.

The wins by Mead and Sullivan continued a string of victories for Republican establishment candidates, who have defeated potentially tough challenges from tea party-inspired candidates in primary after primary.

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