May 21, 2014 - 3:45pm

Pro-Business Candidates Win Super Tuesday Primaries

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Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

There were a lot of great stories on the May 20 primaries. This Washington Post story by Tom Hamburger summarizes the Chamber’s activities. A few excerpts:

Tuesday’s primary elections served up more victories for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has emerged as a big winner this year in its aggressive efforts to weaken the tea party’s hold on the Republican Party…

By investing so aggressively during the primary season, the Chamber appears to be trying to remake the Republican Party, whose most conservative members have balked at business community priorities, such as overhauling the immigration system and raising the government’s borrowing limit...

“The big takeaway from the last election was that candidates matter -- and that meant getting involved in candidate selection, including the primaries,” said Scott Reed., the Republican political strategist who guides the Chamber’s political effort as a senior adviser…

Reed helped lead the Chamber foray in to an Alabama special House election late last year when a tea party candidate, Dean Youg, said he would come to Washington and "shut the place down,” Reed recalled in a recent interview.

To help Republican candidates in swing districts in Colorado and California, the Chamber is using ads that emphasize immigration and include endorsements from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is popular with the increasing number of Hispanic voters in those states and is considering a 2016 presidential bid. Other surrogates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, have been used in advertisements in other regions…

The debate continues. But, so far, in the world GOP primaries, the Chamber is winning.

Read the full story here and get involved at Friends of the U.S. Chamber.