Angle gains ground, establishment cowers 

If you’re looking for the next Rubio-Paul-type story about a Tea Party candidate, it’s happening right now in Nevada:

Sharron Angle’s surge in the U.S. Senate primary contest has created a rift within the Republican Party, with key establishment players unhappy that the Tea Party-backed conservative might upset their handpicked favorite, Sue Lowden, GOP insiders say.

Some Republicans even have threatened privately to support Democratic incumbent Harry Reid in the fall if Angle on June 8 wins the nomination, so great is the consternation in traditional GOP circles, where Lowden, the former party chairwoman, enjoys considerable support…

…As Angle has risen with money-bomb boosts from outside, Lowden’s star has fallen, shot down by the Democratic Party, the Reid campaign and groups aligned with them. Critics have attacked her for suggesting people can barter for health care and accused her of violating campaign finance laws by using a donor’s luxury RV to travel the state. Lowden in response has said that the bus is legally leased.

The primary election is on June 8.

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