The conservative national group FreedomWorks is backing a trio of House candidates in contested primaries, giving them boosts in their races and creating potential headaches for the GOP establishment.
The Tea Party-aligned group is endorsing Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R) for retiring Rep. Tom Latham's (R-Iowa) seat, businessman Tommy Moll (R) for the seat Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonPerez to hit the Sunday shows following election victory GOP grapples with how to handle town halls Sanders: 'If you don't have the guts to face your constituents,' you shouldn't be in Congress MORE (R-Ark.) is vacating for a Senate bid, and state Rep. Adam Kwasman (R) in his bid to face Rep. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickWomen make little gains in new Congress McCain wins sixth Senate term In Arizona, history and voter registration data gives GOP edge MORE (D-Ariz.).
All three face primaries in districts Democrats hope they can contest in the general election, and centrist Republicans have expressed at least some hesitation about some as general-election candidates.
Kirkpatrick is a top GOP target, but establishment Republicans hope Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) will be their nominee. Moll is facing off against Arkansas state Rep. Bruce Westerman (R), who's better-known in the district, with the winner likely to face former Clinton FEMA director James Lee Witt (D) in the general election. Schultz is one of several candidates running for Latham's swing district.