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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, in 2011. (AP)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, in 2011. (AP)

Party primaries are being held today in North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana in the run up to the 2014 midterm elections.

Tomorrow, six states — Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Idaho and Arkansas hold their primaries. There will be more later in the month.

One of the most watched races is the Republican primary in Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is being challenged by Matt Bevin, a Tea Party-backed businessman and newcomer.

It plays into a question being asked broadly this year: Can the republican establishment tame the Tea Party after a couple of election cycles of infighting under the Grand Old Party's umbrella?

Phillip Bailey, political director at Here & Now contributor station WFPL in Louisville, discusses this question and the Kentucky GOP primary with host Robin Young.

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This segment aired on May 19, 2014.

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