Tea party upset; mainstream GOP hopefuls survive primaries

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Associated Press

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 15 at 7:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A pair of veteran Republicans have survived primary challenges from conservative candidates, while a tea party favorite is nearing an upset in another contest.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson won a Senate primary and Rep. John Mica of Florida survived a primary against tea party freshman Rep. Sandy Adams yesterday. That battle was set up by redistricting.

Also in Florida, veterinarian and political novice Ted Yoho stole much of the spotlight. Tea party challenger Yoho was on the verge of a major upset against 12-term GOP Rep. Cliff Stearns.

In Connecticut, wealthy former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, the GOP's endorsed candidate, defeated former Rep. Christopher Shays in the Senate primary.

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038-c-14-(Andrew Miga (MY'-guh), AP political correspondent)-"win in November"-AP political correspondent Andrew Miga reports 10-term Congressman John Mica turned back a challenge from tea party freshman Congresswoman Sandy Adams in a race necessitated because of redistricting. (15 Aug 2012)

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342-c-06-(Andrew Miga (MY'-guh), AP political correspondent)-"competitive race"-AP political correspondent Andrew Miga reports former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is set to square off against Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin for retiring Democratic Senator Herb Kohl's seat. (14 Aug 2012)

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346-c-11-(Andrew Miga (MY'-guh), AP political correspondent)-"Senator Joe Lieberman"-AP political correspondent Andrew Miga reports former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, who has won her state's Republican primary, has already aired an attack ad against the Democratic choice. (14 Aug 2012)

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341-c-16-(Andrew Miga (MY'-guh), AP political correspondent)-"Herb Kohl's seat"-AP political correspondent Andrew Miga reports a longtime Republican has turned back conservative challengers in the Wisconsin primary. (14 Aug 2012)

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