Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., at his victory party Tuesday night.
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June 27, 2012 Tuesday's primaries were pretty good for incumbents — although Rep. John Sullivan, R-0kla., was defeated by a Tea Party-backed challenger.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
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April 21, 2012 Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) overcame Tea Party opposition and garnered the majority of votes at the state's Republican convention. He didn't win enough votes to claim the GOP senate nomination outright.
September 9, 2011 The Treasury secretary makes the case for the plan. But some top Republicans say the latest proposal from the administration wouldn't boost job growth.
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August 22, 2011 Sen. Orrin Hatch may be breathing a sigh of relief with the numerous reports that Rep. Jason Chaffetz has decided against challenging the six-term senator.
February 9, 2011 The Utah senator told Tea Party activists he appreciated their role in taking "America back." Hatch has been targeted by the grassroots movement and is trying to avoid the fate of his former colleague from Utah, Bob Bennett, who was defeated in his re-election effort by the Tea Party.
February 7, 2011 Hatch riled Tea Party members by supporting the bank bailouts in 2008 and with other votes that involved spending. Hatch has long been known as one of the Senate's staunchest conservatives, which makes his current predicament especially poignant.
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