Boehner wins primary in a walk

Boehner wins primary in a walk

House Speaker John A. Boehner cruised to victory Tuesday, easily beating two tea party challengers in his Ohio congressional district and proving that in spite of his unpopularity with the Republican base, his grip on power at home remains firm.

It was a rare moment of celebration for Boehner, who has endured a rough year, from the ongoing fights within his party over immigration reform to the tumult of October’s government shutdown.

Boehner’s win, however, does little to provide him with a significant boost in political capital in Washington, where he has been dogged by rumors about retiring and, failing that, a host of conservative critics who are plotting to oust him from his post later this year.

Instead of being emboldened by his primary sweep and rushing to bring bipartisan legislation to the floor, Boehner is more likely to continue to inch forward on immigration and other issues, wary of alienating those on his right, even though he has just swatted away their allies.

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