The 2014 primary season is underway in North Carolina, pitting the Republican Party establishment against TEA Party challengers. North Carolina is the second major political contest of the year that could help predict the results of the November elections. John Cornyn defeated his challenger earlier this year in Texas. By the end of June, primaries in two dozen states will have taken place, and candidates for the general election will be chosen. In North Carolina, Republican voters are being asked to choose a candidate to face Democratic Senator Kay Hagan in the general election. Thom Tillis is the speaker of the state house and is supported by Mitt Romney. He faces a pair of challengers from TEA Party candidate Greg Bannon, as well as pastor Mark Harris, representing the religious right. If no one gets 40 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held to determine the nominee.