November 3rd, 2010
06:45 PM ET
12 years ago

How the Tea Party fared

(CNN) - They were perhaps the most talked about group of the 2010 election season, and with most races now over, the impact of the Tea Party movement in Tuesday's midterm elections can begin to be measured.

The decentralized grassroots nature of the Tea Party movement makes it difficult to define how many candidates on Tuesday's ballots were so-called "Tea Party candidates." There is no official entity that determines who is a "Tea Party candidate."

However, CNN has identified 21 candidates in the "CNN 100" list of most competitive House races who were either Tea Party activists or whose campaigns were helped significantly by the Tea Party movement.

See exactly how Tea Party backed candidates did, after the jump:

From the list of the CNN100 - the top 100 House races in the country - 21 candidates were closely connected with the movement's activists and ideology. Nine Senate candidates and four gubernatorial candidates also had strong ties to the Tea Party. In addition, various national and local Tea Party organizations have endorsed more than 100 candidates in races across the country.

Here is the general election scorecard for some of the most notable and high-profile Tea Party-backed candidates of the year:

Delaware Christine O’Donnell (R) – lost

Alaska Joe Miller (R) – TBA

Colorado Ken Buck (R) – lost

Florida Marco Rubio (R) – won

Kentucky Rand Paul (R) – won

Nevada Sharron Angle (R) – lost

Utah Mike Lee (R) – won

Pennsylvania Pat Toomey (R) – won

Wisconsin Ron Johnson – won

Colorado Dan Maes (R) – lost

Minnesota Tom Emmer (R) – TBA

New York Carl Paladino (R) – lost

South Carolina Nikki Haley (R) – won

District GOP Nominee

AZ-08 Jesse Kelly – TBA

DE-AL (R) Glen Urquhart – lost

FL-02 Steve Southerland – won

FL-22 Allen West – won

ID-01 Raul Labrador – won

IL-11 Adam Kinzinger – won

IL-14 Randy Hultgren – won

IN-02 Jackie Walorski – lost

KY-03 Todd Lally – lost

LA-03 (D) Jeff Landry – won

MA-10 (D) Jeff Perry – lost

MI-01 (D) Dan Benishek – won

MI-07 Tim Walberg – won

MI-09 Rocky Raczkowski – lost

MO-04 Vicky Hartzler – won

NY-25 Ann Marie Buerkle – TBA

NC-02 Renee Ellmers – won

PA-04 Keith Rothfus – lost

PA-07 (D) Pat Meehan – won

PA-12 Tim Burns – lost

VA-11 Keith Fimian – TBA

Filed under: 2010 • issues • Tea Party movement
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Brad

    Joe Walsh of the Tea Party leads Melissa Bean (D) the incumbent in the Illinois 8th district by about 500 votes right now. Recount probably coming, but he is ahead.

    November 3, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. they call me "tater salad"

    Say good-bye America, your population of simpletons just handed the keys back to the thieving imbeciles that drove us into the ditch we're all enjoying so much right now!..........Way to go folks............."Welcome to America","Punchline to the world"!!!!! You're all soooooooooo smart!.........NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. vigon

    The Tea party endorsed afew Democrats? Wow, I thought the talking heads said they were all in lock step with the Republicans! I guess they really are independent thinkers, unlike the average left wing drone.

    November 3, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Clark Wilhelm Griswald

    The Tea Party LOST the senate for the conservatives, just as Ralph Nader lost the Gore's presidency to George Worst Bush. Had the creepy Tea Party zealots Angle and O'Donnell and Buck not been the candidates, conservatives would control both houses. Now all that will happen is gridlock.

    Now they have people in office, people who will have to get things done, vote, make deals. Will their constituency like what really happens now that the "outsiders" are Washington insiders? Remember, Tea Freaks, you loved W, and he let you down. Obama let us down. Reagan did not change Washington, and despite a lot of talk about balancing the budget, raised the deficit immensely.

    November 3, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. Harrison Ford

    WOW Tea Party seem to be a winner this week, but next week always brings change,

    November 3, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. ken

    The tea party proved that anybody can serve in the house or senate, and not have a clue about solving America's problems

    November 3, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. they call me "tater salad"

    So repukes why isn't everything all better yet?.....HuH? Whats the problem? You guy's spent the last 2 years running your mouths about how you had all the answers and could do a better job than the dems and obama so whats the hold-up? You guy's expected them to fix everything overnight, so after 2 years of all your big talk about how great you are guess what we the people are going to be expecting from you......Thats right!......BIG THINGS!!!!!! ..........Oh, and also we'd like you to have that all ready for us by yesterday if you get my drift!..............Thanks a bunch!

    November 3, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. Peter E

    Yes, with the elections over the mainstream media is trying to make excuses why its beloved Tea Party hype didn't deliver on the promised sweep of elections pundits told us would happen. Nice try!

    November 3, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. they call me "tater salad"

    WOW things are sooooo much better now............It seems like it was only yesterday that my life totally sucked.........I'm sure glad it's over........Boy, what a difference............Maybe I should go out into the street and dance a jig to show my joy..........I mean, things are better now right?...........The economy is strong and vibrant again isn't it? The jobs are just flooding in as we speak, right? everyone has already recovered all of the money they lost from their retirement funds and 401k"s from the Wall Street crash, didn't they?............NO?..............You're kidding right?

    November 3, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |