After losing Senate control in 2020 and fumbling an effort to take back the majority in 2022 thanks to a slate of problematic nominees, Republicans are pledging to take a different tack with a more hands-on approach to primaries. But can the often divergent interests within the wings of the current GOP come together to nominate electable candidates or will history repeat itself?
It certainly looks like establishment groups such as the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Senate Leadership Fund will take a more aggressive approach this cycle. Under the chairmanship of Florida Sen. Rick Scott in 2022 — who was widely panned for the party's poor performance — the NRSC refused to get involved in primaries. That left Republicans with weak nominees saddled with plenty of baggage and high unfavorables in states like Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia, which were key to GOP hopes of winning back the Senate majority. SLF, the major outside Super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, only spent via outside groups last cycle in primaries. In New Hampshire, they unsuccessfully tried
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