Sullivan, Bridenstine Didn't See Eye-To-Eye in Oklahoma
As we try to unravel what happened to Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla., who shockingly lost his under-the-radar 1st District primary on Tuesday, it looks like GOP nominee Jim Bridenstine ran a fairly conventional tea party-style challenge. He hit Sullivan from the right on spending and personal responsibility, and the incumbent didn't seem to take the challenge seriously enough to avoid a loss.
But not every part of a campaign fits into those neat archetypes, and Daily Kos Elections has an interesting find on Bridenstine's fundraising detailing where the challenger got a healthy chunk of his money from. Daily Kos Elections:
Bridenstine only raised $244,000 before the pre-primary reporting deadline, so that support played a critical role in financing his campaign enough to get his message out against an incumbent. Anti-incumbency and conservative influence on primaries obviously played major roles here, but this is a reminder that multiple, often-esoteric factors play into campaigns against sitting legislators.