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Republican establishment on a roll over tea party

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WASHINGTON — Add Kansas to the list of states where tea partyers tried and failed to knock out Senate Republicans this year. Next up: Tennessee, and the odds for the upstarts are no better.

Three-term Sen. Pat Roberts dispatched tea party favorite Milton Wolf on Tuesday, edging out the radiologist and distant cousin of President Barack Obama in a bitter, closely fought primary. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Roberts had 48 percent to Wolf’s 41 percent.

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