POLITICS
09/10/2010 01:15 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

GOP 2010: Primaries' Divisiveness Helps Democrats Before Midterms

In a year in which the polls are pointing to major gains in Congress and the states, one of the few sources of GOP anxiety is the lingering bad blood from a string of hard-fought party primaries. Crowded GOP fields -- and surprise wins by outsiders and "tea party"-backed insurgents in races from Alaska to Florida -- have opened some wounds that have yet to heal.