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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

May 20th, 2014
05:42 PM ET

Primary races to watch

(CNN) – Six states are holding primaries today. Many of the races have tea party candidates, but not many that are expected to win their race.

House Speaker John Boehner says don't worry, tea partiers are just like establishment Republicans.

"There is not that much, not that big a difference between what you call the tea party and your average conservative Republican. We are against Obamacare. We think taxes are too high. We think government's too big," Boehner said Tuesday.

Back in February, during celebrations of the tea party's fifth birthday, Rep. Steve King of Iowa told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that even if there isn't a repeat of 2010's tea party rise in Congress, the movement is still winning.

"When there are Republicans that fear a primary, and shift their vote to the right so ... they can at least avoid their primary challenge, you see the political center of Congress move to the right," said King.

Is he right? Is it now more about moving the party than winning races?

CNN's chief political analyst Gloria Borger, CNN's political director Mark Preston, and CNN's chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash weigh in.

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