A look at the tea party movement's primary wins

How tea party tipped some primary races

Tea partiers can claim success in some eight Republican Senate contests, a handful of GOP governors' races and numerous House races. A snapshot of where the tea party movement made a mark in 2010:

Senate

Alaska: Lawyer and tea party favorite Joe Miller's surprise GOP primary win has Sen. Lisa Murkowski pondering a write-in candidacy.

Colorado: Ken Buck, who played up his ties to the tea party, defeated former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the Republican primary.

Delaware: Marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell, who lost statewide in previous tries, stunned Rep. Mike Castle, a top GOP recruit, to win the primary.

Florida: Tea party favorite 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.

Kentucky: Rand Paul defeated Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson in the primary, an early test of tea party strength.

Nevada: Sharron Angle says "I am the tea party." She is looking to knock out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

New Hampshire: Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, backed by Sarah Palin, defeated Ovide Lamontagne, who campaigned with the support of tea party activists.

Utah: Sen. Bob Bennett lost his job when tea party activists and other GOP voters rallied behind Mike Lee, now the favorite in November.

Wisconsin: Businessman Ron Johnson, who had the state GOP's backing, also courted tea party activists and won his primary easily.

Governors

Colorado: Republicans have tried to get their nominee, tea party favorite Dan Maes, to quit the race after embarrassing missteps.

Maine: Paul LePage courted tea party activists with a conservative fiscal agenda and won a commanding victory in the Republican primary.

New York: Tea party ally Carl Paladino defeated former Rep. Rick Lazio for the GOP nomination for governor.

South Carolina: Nikki Haley trailed for months before a tea party surge and Sarah Palin's endorsement lifted her to the GOP nomination.

House

Alabama: Rep. Parker Griffith is dumped in the 5th Congressional District in favor of Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks, who had tea party support in the GOP primary.

Arizona: Marine veteran Jesse Kelly, a tea party favorite, defeats state Sen. Jonathan Paton and two other Republicans in the 8th District.

ColoraDo: Republican Scott Tipton is in a rematch with Democratic Rep. John Salazar in the rural 3rd District, where tea party rallies turn out large crowds.

Florida: Retired Army officer Allen West, who has sought tea party support, won the GOP nomination in South Florida's 22nd District.

Maryland: Businessman Charles Lollar, who has courted tea party votes in the 5th Congressional District, will face Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer.

Associated Press

A look at the tea party movement's primary wins 09/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:02am]

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