March 5th, 2010
08:02 AM ET
5 years ago

Tea Party changes tone, but not outcome of Texas primary

U.S. House lawmakers in Texas sailed through the state primary.
U.S. House lawmakers in Texas sailed through the state primary.

(CNN) - If this week's primary election in Texas is any indicator, incumbent Republicans can breathe a little easier.

Despite a handful of Tea Party challengers, all 11 of the incumbent House Republicans facing challengers came out on top.

In the lead-up to the election, James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, said he heard legislators asking each other, "You got a Tea Party challenger? I do."

Jerry Ray Hall, who challenged Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest member of the House, actually added "Tea" to his name to emphasize his support for the ideas of the Tea Party.

But as an organized movement, Henson said, "there was a lot more flash than bang."

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  1. How To Tell A Dem Is Lying-Lips Are Moving

    Obama & Palin are the same except gender.Put on a good show/talk a good game/present well/and THEN NO RESULTS.

    March 5, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Independent

    I think I speak for a majority of Americans when I say WHO CARES!!!! CNN stop providing air time to the people on the fringes of the RIGHT! I could care less!! I am tired of MSNBC and FOX with their own agendas!! Leave it to them with their partisan so called jouranlism and focus on REAL issues like hearing from civilized non extreme members of congress on the right and left that offer REAL SOLUTIONS to our problems.

    Research how hard working Americans like myself may not have a Retirement package but these politicians will? Everything they have including their medical benefits are given to them off the blood, sweat, and tears of the American people! Both the REPUBS and DEMS take from the American people. AMERICA WAKE UP!!! It's not about race, gender, sexual orientation....it's about our way of life! These politicians from the left and the right do not support what WE want in the end.

    March 5, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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    They try to belittle Palin and the Tea Party.(they just wish they could be as successful).Most liberals/repub haters/palin haters/tea party haters can not even write a complete sentence or spell.Must be a lack of education.

    March 5, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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