Tea Party Patriots launch new super-PAC
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Tea Party Patriots, a prominent national group, is launching a super-PAC to engage heavily in Senate races and plans to target at least three Republican incumbents.

Jenny Beth Martin, the group’s president, highlighted Senate races in South Carolina, where Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions MORE faces four primary challengers; Kentucky, where Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' MORE (R-Ky.) is facing a challenge from businessman Matt Bevin; and Mississippi, where Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranTop 5 races to watch in 2019 Bottom Line Races Dems narrowly lost show party needs to return to Howard Dean’s 50 state strategy MORE is facing a challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel, as priorities for the political action committee.

“We are currently huddling with activists on the ground in South Carolina looking for an alternative to Senator Lindsay Graham, and in Kentucky, where many have lost faith in the Senate Minority Leader,” she said in a statement. “We will be expanding the mission into the Mississippi, Nebraska, Louisiana, Arkansas and North Carolina Senate races shortly.”

The open Senate race in Nebraska features five Republicans running in the primary, while Democratic senators in Louisiana, Arkansas and North Carolina are top Republican targets in 2014.

The super-PAC, and others from the same conservative wing of the party, could complicate Republican chances of picking up some of those seats, however.

Weak candidates nominated with help from outside conservative groups last election cycle lost the GOP winnable races in Missouri and Indiana. And establishment Republicans have pledged not to let a similar scenario cost the party what many believe to be their last shot at taking the majority for a decade.

In Louisiana, the establishment’s chosen candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, is facing two conservative challengers, one of which has gained the backing of a number of national conservative groups. In North Carolina, the establishment pick is in a six-way primary.

The super-PAC appears to be geared more toward grassroots organizing than heavy advertising efforts in those races. It will provide activists with resources they might otherwise not have access to, such as voter identification software and polling data.

“Unlike other Super PACs that drop in negative ads from their perches in Washington, DC, to trash opponents, TPPCF will empower the people to have the most impact in the targeted districts and states,” Martin said.