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Where GOP White House Hopefuls Stumped in 2014 (Chart)

Roberts, left, campaigned with Cruz, right. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When the myriad Republican presidential contenders start campaigning for 2016, their journeys might not look much different from this cycle.  

From Iowa to New Hampshire, every Republican who is even remotely considering a 2016 bid hit the trail this year to help Senate contenders. What's more, several competitive Senate races are this year conveniently in states that play host to early nominating contests in 2016.  

Angus King Endorses Republican Senate Colleague

King, left, endorsed a Republican for re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Independent Maine Sen. Angus King, a member of the Democratic caucus, is backing a senior Senate Republican in his bid for re-election.  

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is not facing a significant challenge on Nov. 4, but the support from King is interesting considering the independent senator's potential role in a closely divided or tied Senate. King and Alexander are both members of the informal caucus of former governors.  

Tennessee GOP Primary Results: Lamar Alexander Wins

Alexander has served two terms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander likely secured his Senate seat for another term Thursday, handily winning the GOP primary in a safe Republican state.  

Alexander led state Rep. Joe Carr 52.4 percent to 37.4 percent, with 20 percent of precincts reporting when The Associated Press called the race.  

Tennessee Primary: Tea Party's Last Chance

Alexander is favored to prevail in his primary Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Republicans head to the polls Thursday to decide the fate of Sen. Lamar Alexander, marking the last chance for tea-party-aligned conservatives to oust an incumbent senator in a primary.  

It will likely be an anticlimactic finish to the primary season in a cycle that featured several potentially vulnerable incumbents, who all swatted away challenges from their right. The second-term senator is favored to prevail against state Rep. Joe Carr, a Republican boosted by conservative radio personalities such as Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin. Carr has little money left, and unlike some of his fellow challengers in other states, outside groups were not generous to him.  

How Lamar Alexander Staved Off His Primary Challenger

Alexander faces a primary on Aug. 7. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conservatives have poured millions into primary challenges to senators this cycle, even in races where chances of success were slim.  

But Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has proved one of the greatest exceptions, and now he's poised to defeated state Rep. Joe Carr and several lesser-known challengers in the Aug. 7 GOP primary.  

Lamar Alexander Still Up Big in Internal Primary Poll

Alexander's internal polling shows him with a strong primary lead. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A fresh poll conducted for Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign found he continues to hold a comfortable lead with just more than a week to go in the Tennessee Republican primary.  

Alexander took 53 percent in the poll, according to a memo the Alexander campaign provided at CQ Roll Call's request. State Rep. Joe Carr, Alexander's most prominent challenger, took 24 percent, followed by physician George Flinn with 5 percent. The four other candidates in the race took 1 percent or less. The poll was conducted by North Star Opinion Research, which surveyed 600 likely GOP primary voters July 27-29. Live interviewers conducted the surveys, and 30 percent of the interviews were with cell phone users.  

Lamar Alexander Argues With Obama Over Obamacare in New Ad (Video)

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, raised over $900,000 for his re-election bid in the second quarter, his campaign said Wednesday. He also launched a new ad featuring the senator arguing with President Barack Obama.  

Alexander now has $3.4 million cash on hand, according to his campaign, with just over a month to go until Tennessee's Aug. 8 Republican primary.  

Newt Gingrich Endorses Senator's Re-Election

Newt Gingrich endorsed Alexander in Tennessee. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich endorsed Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Thursday.  

"We need Lamar's experience and shrewdness to fix Washington," Gingrich, a Georgia Republican and former presidential candidate, said in a statement released by the Alexander campaign.  

Republican Senate Primary Challengers Jump on Eric Cantor Loss

The primary challengers to two Senate Republicans quickly jumped on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss in Virginia, using the stunning news in an effort to excite their base.  

"Eric Cantor isn't the only incumbent from Virginia who is going to lose his primary this year," said Milton Wolf, a physician who has raised residency questions in his challenge to Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. "On August 5, it’s Pat Roberts' turn."