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Tea party stalwarts like Huelskamp still look strong

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A Christian Science Monitor article headlined “Where hard-line House Freedom Caucus has a big following” explored whether the tea party’s declining public support (17 percent approval, down from 32 percent in 2010) poses a threat to lawmakers such as Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson. Talk to his GOP constituents and “you’ll hear over and over that most of them agree with the conservative views of Huelskamp. It’s his unwillingness to compromise that divides them,” the Monitor reported. But it also noted that his two 2016 primary challengers, Alan LaPolice and Roger Marshall, cannot match Huelskamp’s total campaign funding, and that Huelskamp got robust applause at a Leonardville restaurant when he said he did not work for the House speaker and that “I work for you.” David Wasserman of Cook Political Report said many people expect a tea party backlash, but “I don’t see it coming yet.”– Rhonda Holman

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