Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

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Ban­non’s re­bel­lion: For­mer White House chief strate­gist Steve Ban­non plans to back pop­ulist pri­mary chal­lengers to al­most every Repub­li­can sen­a­tor run­ning for re-elec­tion in 2018, Bloomberg re­ported this week. Ban­non, who re­turned to Bre­it­bart News after be­ing forced out of the White House in Au­gust, in­tends to sup­port as many as 15 can­di­dates, who must agree to two con­di­tions: that they op­pose Sen. Mitch Mc­Connell as ma­jor­ity leader and that they vote to end the 60-vote thresh­old on the fil­i­buster. Ban­non is hop­ing to un­seat some of Mc­Connell’s staunch­est GOP al­lies in the Se­nate, in­clud­ing Ne­vada’s Dean Heller, Ne­braska’s Deb Fis­cher, and Utah’s Or­rin Hatch, as well as prom­i­nent Trump crit­ics such as Ari­zona’s Jeff Flake. Ban­non has been hold­ing meet­ings with donors and po­ten­tial can­di­dates; some meet­ings have been at­tended by hedge fund bil­lion­aire Robert Mercer and his daugh­ter Re­bekah, who have given $37.1 mil­lion to con­ser­va­tive cam­paigns and Su­per PACs over the past three elec­tion cy­cles.

Ban­non: King­maker?

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