Tea and Honey II
In 2014, Republicans are hoping to recapture the United States Senate. Democrats currently hold a 55-45 majority. They are defending 21 of 36 seats, many in red or purple states. Establishment Republicans have been calling for electable candidates since Tea Party candidates cost the Republican Party winnable Senate seats in 2010 and 2012. Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin all won Republican nominations but lost to Democrats in their general elections. The Tea Party is undeterred.
"The breathless declarations on the death of the Tea Party are so premature it's laughable”, wrote conservative pollster Chris Wilson, after Thom Tillis won the GOP Senate nomination in North Carolina over his Tea Party challenger on May 6, 2014. “The tea party was split in NC (or stayed out entirely). Any one pointing to these elections as indicative doesn't understand the indicators of a true tea party versus establishment contest.” READ MORE >