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With a little help from his friends, Simpson, an appropriator and one of the most targeted GOP incumbents of the cycle, brushed back an effort to oust him by the Club for Growth, which supported attorney Bryan Smith.
Simpson led 63 percent to 37 percent when the Associated Press called the race with 36 percent of precincts reporting
May 21, 2014
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) easily defeated Bryan Smith in an expensive House primary Tuesday that pitted the business wing of the GOP against the tea party insurgency.
The campaign was the latest staging ground for a fight that is playing out across the country this year. Business groups are redoubling their efforts to protect more moderate Republicans.
May 21, 2014
U.S. Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho, an Appropriations subcommittee chairman and ally of House Speaker John Boehner, survived a Republican primary challenge that pitted the business community that backed him against the Tea Party.
Simpson beat Bryan Smith, a lawyer and political novice aligned with the limited-government movement, in a race watched nationally for signals about the Republican Party’s direction.
May 20, 2014