GOP establishment on a roll in House primaries

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans got their man — and woman — in a half-dozen House primaries as establishment conservatives knocked out right-flank candidates.

The results improved the party's chances of winning in competitive congressional districts and increasing its majority in November.

With little fanfare, GOP party favorites prevailed in New York, Iowa, New Jersey and Virginia. The outcome mirrored the Republican dynamic of the Senate, where incumbents and establishment-backed candidates beat back tea party challenges in the primaries.

Arizona poses the next test of whether the GOP can extend its establishment streak.

In the 1st Congressional District, a bruising, three-way primary pits state House speaker Andy Tobin against businessman and rancher Gary Kiehne and state lawmaker Adam Kwasman.

The winner of the Aug. 26 primary will face Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

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