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May 22nd, 2014
03:59 PM ET

Is the Tea Party over after a string of defeats?

Is the Tea Party over?

It looked that way Tuesday night. After making a lot of noise throughout the campaign, not a single Tea Party candidate survived Senate and House primary races.

Republican voters overwhelmingly chose candidates endorsed by the GOP establishment.

Kentucky was the most notable race, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell crushed tea party favorite Matt Bevin.

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It was a similar story in Idaho, where eight-term Congressman Mike Simpson beat out a challenger from the far-right.

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Same with Oregon - the support of the GOP establishment pushed Dr. Monica Wehby to defeat a more conservative candidate.

In Georgia, the mainstream's top two senate candidates emerged from a crowded field, beating out Tea Party candidates to qualify for a July run-off.

OutFront, CNN Political Commentator Ben Ferguson and Bill Burton, former Obama deputy press secretary, debate the future of the Tea Party.


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  1. Emmi

    The Tea Party is here to stay. Like it or not.

    June 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  2. jaazee1

    You know as well as anyone that the T-Party is a media invention, its name taken from a rant by a fantastic bond trader and market commentator, and former associate Rick Santelli..
    Liberals refuse to believe that the monica "Tea Party" was applied to a major grass roots spontaneous movement of concerned Americans, Republicans and also Democrats, outraged at the intrusion of Obama's government into their lives with Obamacare.
    Weakened? I don't think so. Conservatives have moved the dull, fat, dumb and lazy. l GOP Establishment to the right,and it's not going back to center. You know the first law of physics, Erin. The vocal and very aggressive right wing of the country, not just the GOP, is in reaction to the radical leftist President currently moving our country away from a free, capitalist, country filled with exceptional people. These are people who "DID BUILD THAT" Erin, not Liberals who never had an idea that didn't cost billions of dollars, added hundreds of thousands to the bureaucracy, built power on the backs of taxpaying workers, but never offering solutions.
    No, the Tea Party is not dead, Erin. I am not a member of any organized group under the Tea Party umbrella, but I am totally supportive of their agenda to defeat liberalism, to direct the GOP and, hopefully, be in time to reverse the spread of Obama's toxic politics on America, that last shining light on the hill.

    May 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Reply

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