Veteran Sen. Pat Roberts turned back a tea party challenge from Dr. Milton Wolf Tuesday in the Kansas Republican Senate primary, the latest in a series of setbacks this year for the grassroots movement.
Associated Press reported Robets has won the primary.
Wolf blasted Roberts, 78,as a senator too tied to insider Washington. He criticized Roberts for owning a home near the Senate but renting in his home state.
But Wolf, who has strong support from the nation’s conservative community, was fighting a longtime Kansas political figure. Roberts was seeking a third Senate term, and had previously been a congressman.
Wolf was hurt by X-rays of gunshot victims he had put on Facebook. And Roberts argued that he spent a lot of time in Washington fighting for Kansans.
He also had strong backing from the party establishment. After his victory, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, the party’s national Senate campaign chairman, said: “Senator Roberts is a leader and continues to fight against the Obama Administration’s vast overreach from Obamacare to harmful regulations that limit jobs, stifle growth, and hurt American workers.”