June 10th, 2010
09:40 AM ET
5 years ago

November true test for Tea Party success

(CNN) – As Sharron Angle celebrated her win in Nevada's Republican Senate primary, she praised the Tea Party activists who backed her campaign and vowed to return the country to its constitutional principles.

Angle, a former Nevada Assembly member criticized as being too far from the mainstream to win, soared to the front of the crowded field of more than a dozen GOP candidates. She'll face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the general election.

The Tea Party Express, which endorsed her campaign, declared Angle's win "a huge victory for the Tea Parties."

But so far this election season, the message for Tea Party activists has been "you win some, you lose some."

As Angle was declaring victory, several time zones away, a slew of Tea Party candidates were going home empty-handed after establishment candidate Robert Hurt stomped them in the primary race for Virginia's 5th Congressional District.

Despite a nationwide wave of anti-incumbent fervor and a Tea Party cry to "throw the bums out," far more sitting lawmakers have survived than have been ousted.

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Filed under: 2010 • Tea Party movement
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  1. Marge

    Sibnce they are loosing MOST OF THEIR PRIMARIES, why would November be a test of their success. Looks like winning the primaries would be. Then of course the MSM doesn't have anything to write glowing praise about a non-issue. YOU KNOW LIKE kinda pumping up a failing group.

    June 10, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. K in Miami

    I can't wait, this will tell the tale of Reality -vs- Fringe.......

    Most NORMAL Americans I think will reject the tea party nuts, and their white supremacy led idealogy.....!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. John Lubeck

    Here's the Tea Idiots that put George Bush and Dick Cheney into office, except they are even more extreme, more ignorant, have less common sense and understand factual information even less than the Bush and Cheney + GOP congress that brought the US and half of the world to the brink of destruction.

    Now you can vote to go back in that direction.

    June 10, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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