SPOTLIGHT

The Primary Reason for Republican Concern

As the GOP looks to hold its House majority next year, several House Republicans are facing intraparty challengers.

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., right, joins House GOP leaders in announcing she will sponsor the Working Families Flexibility Act with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would let private-sector employers offer individuals who work overtime the option to choose between monetary compensation or comp time, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, on Capitol in Washington. From left are, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas.
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Kyle Trygstad
May 18, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

While the flood of Demo­crat­ic chal­lengers hop­ping on the po­ten­tial anti-Don­ald Trump wave will lead to a num­ber of primar­ies on the left, a few Re­pub­lic­an House mem­bers are fa­cing some primary chal­lenges of their own.

Alabama state Rep. Barry Moore on Wed­nes­day be­came the latest Re­pub­lic­an to take on a House in­cum­bent from his own party. He called him­self “one of the most con­ser­vat­ive le­gis­lat­ors in the state” in an in­ter­view with Yel­low­ham­mer News and noted he was one of the first in Alabama to en­dorse Trump in 2016 while Rep. Martha Roby “wasn’t in­clined to sup­port” him.

Also an­noun­cing Wed­nes­day was Robb Ry­erse, the pas­tor of a non-de­nom­in­a­tion­al church who is backed by a new group of former Bernie Sanders staffers help­ing can­did­ates from both parties. He’s tak­ing on Rep. Steve Womack of Arkan­sas.

In Nevada, 2010 Sen­ate nom­in­ee Shar­ron Angle cited Trump when she an­nounced a chal­lenge to GOP Rep. Mark Amod­ei in March.

Else­where, Col­or­ado state Sen. Owen Hill launched a primary chal­lenge to Rep. Doug Lam­born, a bi­en­ni­al tar­get of fel­low Re­pub­lic­ans in the solidly GOP 5th Dis­trict. Like­wise, Rep. Scott Des­Jar­lais of Ten­ness­ee is fa­cing an­oth­er primary chal­lenge, as is Rep. Mark San­ford of South Car­o­lina.

Kyle Tryg­stad

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