Who Will Lead the EPW Committee?

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Dec. 26, 2013, 1 a.m.

Sen. Jim De­Mint (R) is tak­ing an “in­creas­ingly as­sert­ive role” in con­tested GOP primar­ies, but “is steer­ing clear of a con­ten­tious primary in his back­yard in­volving his home-state col­league,” Rep. Bob Ing­lis (R-04), who is fa­cing four GOP chal­lengers “ac­cus­ing him of be­ing in­suf­fi­ciently con­ser­vat­ive.”

Sources say De­Mint will not be en­dors­ing Ing­lis and will likely stay out of the primary en­tirely, which is “a blow” to Ing­lis, “who has been a polit­ic­al ment­or to De­Mint for much of his ca­reer.” De­Mint’s “with­hold­ing his seal of ap­prov­al” will “make it even tough­er for Ing­lis to win back his old con­ser­vat­ive back­ers” (Kraush­aar, Politico, 11/23).

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