Tea Party conservatives are still waging a proxy war over the Affordable Care Act, but the party’s leaders appear to be moving away from a strategy of winning a House majority and becoming more centrist.
At the same time, the GOP is continuing to grapple with a growing number of GOP defections.
And it appears to be getting little help from outside groups, which have been ramping up their efforts to elect GOP candidates in key races.
Here’s what you need to know about the Tea Parties latest skirmishes.
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In 2016, more than half of the Republican House candidates in the House primaries won their races by more than 30 points.
This year, the Tea Partiers’ strategy appears to have backfired.
The GOP candidates who lost the most seats were all incumbents.
The party lost several of its most vulnerable incumbents in the 2018 midterm elections, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and former President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, John Kelly.
McCarthy was forced to resign after being caught in an extramarital affair with a woman he had hired to run his campaign.
He has since apologized and been removed from his House seat.
Kelly was forced out of his Senate seat after an explosive recording surfaced showing him making sexually charged comments about a former colleague.
Kelly has been charged with lying to Congress and faces a criminal investigation.
He is set to be indicted in October, although it’s unclear whether prosecutors will seek a plea deal.
The tea partiers, meanwhile, have been able to keep the pressure on.
Tea Party candidates are now challenging incumbents for their seats and winning.
Many of them are seeking the GOP nomination for the Senate.
And this year, some tea partier candidates are vying to challenge incumbents, such as Reps.
John Fleming, R.I., and Justin Amash, R.-Mich.
Fleming was the only tea partied House member to win his seat last year.
Amash was defeated by Republican Rep. John Katko in his district.
He now runs for a seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which is largely Republican.
He lost to Republican Rep., Michael Burgess in 2018.
Amish is the only Republican to run for the House seat of retiring Rep. Ron DeSantis.
Amity, a tea partying congresswoman who lost her bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2018, is running for the U-S-A seat vacated by retiring Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Amusement parks and entertainment venues are being targeted as well.
The Tea Party is increasingly turning its focus to the state level.
A new group, American Patriots, is working to elect tea parties in a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, and California.
The group is targeting vulnerable Republican lawmakers and Democrats in vulnerable races.
One of its primary targets is Rep. David Brat, R, Va.
The conservative freshman has been running for office in the conservative Virginia district since 2009, winning his primary in 2016 and becoming the first member of Congress to win a general election.
The Republican incumbent, Republican Jim Jordan, has also been running in the district since 2010.
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Another group, Americans for Prosperity, is also working to flip GOP seats in key districts, and it is working with Amash and Fleming.
Amica, which describes itself as a nonprofit 501(c)(4) focused on redistricting reform, has launched a campaign aimed at electing tea party candidates.
The goal of Amica’s campaign is to “increase the visibility of Tea Party Republicans,” according to the group’s website.
The campaign will focus on “trying to reach out to the tea party voters who are dissatisfied with their current congressional representation and in some cases even disillusioned with our current administration,” the group said.
Amici, which also describes itself in the same manner, has spent $2.6 million on ads attacking GOP incumbency candidates in Kansas and Georgia, according to a Washington Post analysis of public filings.
The groups aim to boost tea party turnout by focusing on Republican incumbents who are viewed as too conservative.
“Tea Party Republicans are in a state of crisis,” Amica said in a statement.
“They’re running out of options to fight back against their GOP opponents.
And they have to make sure that their constituents understand that they can count on our help.”
A lot is riding on what happens next in the Senate The House will hold its next vote on the ACA on March 29.
If the GOP wins a majority of seats, it will need 60 votes to pass the measure.
If Republicans lose the majority, it would need a two-thirds majority in the 100-seat Senate to pass