WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has defeated tea party-backed challenger Milton Wolf in Kansas' Republican primary.
The results Tuesday dealt a blow to a national tea party movement that's targeted longtime Washington incumbents.
Two lesser-known candidates trailed Roberts and Wolf in the race for the GOP nomination in the conservative state.
Independent Greg Orman, issued a statement shortly after Roberts' win.
"I congratulate the winning primary candidates and welcome them to the general election," he said.
"We all know that voters are fed up with the partisan bickering and finger pointing that has Washington tied in political knots. I have the highest hopes that this U.S. Senate race will be focused on the critical issues facing this nation and not on petty personal attacks that seek to divide us," he continued.
Roberts is expected to win his fourth, six-year term and extend a career in politics that dates back to the late 1960s, when he was a congressional aide.
Wolf is a 43-year-old Leawood radiologist who was making his first run for public office. He called the 78-year-old Roberts an out-of-touch career politician.
But Roberts had a far better-funded campaign and attacked Wolf over questionable postings of graphic X-ray images on a personal Facebook page in 2010.