After losing a Senate race in Missouri that most analysts think they should have won last year, Republicans are trying everything to avoid a repeat in 2014. They're even attempting to get involved early in the primary process to make sure that ultra-conservative candidates like former Rep. Todd Akin (R) don't emerge as nominees.
But candidates in Georgia aren't making it easy.
Roll Call reports that two likely U.S. Senate candidates in Georgia — Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) — were among just 10 Republicans to vote against the House budget today.
Broun told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the proposal was "insufficiently conservative" — even though he voted for a similar budget proposal two years ago.
The real impact of these votes were for Broun and Gingrey to position themselves to the right of their potential Republican competitors for the Senate seat.
Two other potential contenders, Reps. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), voted for the budget.
It's a trend that will play out across the country this year, and one that will only make Republicans more nervous as the elections near.