(CNN) – How much credit should the Tea Party take for tonight’s GOP win? Exit polls paint a mixed picture.
Forty-five percent of independent voters expressed support for the movement, which is 2 for 3 in Senate races so far tonight. The older you are, the polls suggest, the more likely you are to back the Tea Party – and tonight was a senior moment. Forty-seven percent of those 60 and older back the Tea Party; the number for 18-29-year-olds was more than 20 points lower.
But, a majority of voters (56 percent) said the Tea Party wasn’t a factor in their vote tonight. The percentage that said they wanted to send a message in favor of the movement (23 percent) was just a few points higher than those who said they were trying to strike a blow against it (18 percent).