Republican Incumbents Hope to Dodge Fallout From Presidential Primary

Shelby is facing a challenge from his right on March 1. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican Party establishment has campaigned aggressively ahead of Tuesday’s congressional primaries, optimistic that they can not only score a round of victories but also send a message to would-be conservative challengers that 2016 will be another year of electoral setbacks for them.

The incumbent lawmakers and their allied groups would be absolutely confident of victory, too — if it...

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