Bannon pushing for primary challenges against GOP incumbents: report

Bannon pushing for primary challenges against GOP incumbents: report
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is leading the charge to set up primary challenges against Republican senators who have crossed the Trump administration, Politico reported Sunday.

Besides courting millions in cash flow from conservative mega-donor Robert Mercer, Bannon has also been vowing his support to challengers who could usurp the seat from GOP incumbents, according to the news outlet.

Senior GOP lawmakers fear Bannon’s rising electoral revolt will pull away resources and millions of dollars that can be used to fight their Democratic rivals.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) has warned the White House about the potential primary perils that could come about because of Bannon's mission, underscoring that the party’s narrow four-seat majority could be washed away by such efforts, three people with direct knowledge of the discussions told Politico.

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Senators on Bannon’s hit list include Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum MORE (R-Nev.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCorker pressed as reelection challenges mount -trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground Senate votes down Paul's bid to revoke war authorizations MORE (R-Ariz.), and possibly Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Corker pressed as reelection challenges mount MORE (R-Tenn.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerWeek ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny Senator says he nearly has the votes for ObamaCare repeal GOP braces for Bannon primary attacks MORE (R-Miss.).

Bannon met with Heller rival Danny Tarkanian for 30 minutes on Thursday, in which Bannon vowed to fully endorse him as he runs against the Nevada senator who had refused to back Trump during last year’s campaign, according to Politico.

David Bossie, Trump’s former deputy campaign manager and the head of the conservative group Citizens United, is reportedly helping scout out possible primary challenger recruits to take on Flake.

Sources who are close to Bannon say he has also floated the possibility of finding challengers for Corker and Wicker, the report says.

The Breitbart News head similarly pushed for several insurgent primary challengers to go up against incumbents in the 2014 midterms.