Here’s a compilation (so far) of major strides for Tea Party candidates:
For the Senate:
Utah: Mike Lee beat Bob Bennett
Alaska: Joe Miller beat Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Colorado: Ken Buck defeated former Lt. Governor Jane Norton in the GOP primary
Nevada: Sharon Angle defeated former state Republican leader Sue Lowden
Kentucky: Rand Paul defeated GOP favorite Trey Grayson
Wisconsin: Businessman Ron Johnson won nomination
Delaware: Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell beat out veteran politician Mike Castle for the Republican Senate nomination
Florida: Tea party favorite and former House Speaker Marco Rubio is in a three-way race with Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, who abandoned the GOP to run as an independent.
South Carolina: Nikki Haley got the GOP nomination
Maine: Paul LePage adopted Tea Party values and won the GOP primary
New York: Carl Paladino, a Tea Party supporter, won the GOP nomination for NY Governor
For the House:
Alabama: Republican Parker Griffith is dumped in favor of Madison County commissioner Mo Brooks, who had Tea Party support in the primary
Arizona: Jesse Kelly, a Tea Party favorite, defeated state Senator Jonathon Paton and two other Republicans in the 8th District.
Colorado: Republican Scott Tipton is in a rematch with Dem Rep. John Salazar in the rural 3rd District, where Tea Party rallies draw large crowds
Maryland: Businessman Charles Lollar, who has courted tea party votes in the 5th Congressional District, will face Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer
Florida: Retired Army LTC Allen West, who has sought tea party support, won the GOP nomination in South Florida’s 22nd District
Take heed, Republicans. The more you embrace Tea Party principles and start acting like you understand the Constitution, the more successful you’ll be.
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