Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — With this year’s primary season now officially closed, the seven months of Democratic and Republican contests from Texas in March and New York on Thursday offer rich lessons about each party’s most loyal voters. They appear angrier and further apart than ever, setting up a titanic clash in November’s crucial midterm elections for control of Congress, now just eight weeks away. Here are five key takeaways from the primaries: 1. Trump is the GOP’s everything The Republican base now belongs to President Donald Trump and the GOP has placed a big bet on turning them out in November. Nearly a decade after the insurgent Tea Party movement began challenging the Republican establishment on ideological grounds over issues like taxes and the size of government, the GOP primaries were all about one person: Trump. “The importance of being loyal to Trump in this year’s GOP primaries is remarkable,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist and former adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. “Many of the primaries boiled down to which candidate appeared most in line with Trump’s brand of… Read full this story
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