September 14th, 2010
08:13 PM ET

Challenges by Tea Party favorites highlight primary voting

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CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Tea Party favorites faced off against mainstream Republican candidates in two key races Tuesday, the final day of major primary balloting before the November congressional elections.

Other races taking place in seven states and the District of Columbia included embattled veteran Rep. Charles Rangel's attempt to overcome ethics allegations and win his Democratic primary in New York, and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's bid to hold off a major primary challenger.

In the highest-profile races, the results will provide further evidence of whether the Tea Party movement can continue to knock off moderate GOP contenders. The victors will run in November against Democrats considered vulnerable due to high unemployment and a general anti-incumbent mood across America.

In Delaware, nine-term Republican Rep. Mike Castle is in a tight contest with political commentator and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell in the GOP U.S. Senate primary.

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  1. David Brooklyn NY

    I think the T – Party movement is a bad idea. Every where the beverage choice of Tea can turn in to a very big voice leak to parts unknown and influence on the mind set of political judgement. After all many bad decisions have been made over a glass of wine. Then what will become of monkey see monkey do, if that thought really was not you. My question is this where are the real safeguards.????

    September 15, 2010 at 12:54 am |
  2. Purplestate77

    Don't mistake Ayotte's troubles for an anti-establishment movement in New Hampshire. Yes, there are tea party followers in NH, and a lot of Libertarians too. But Ayotte's problems come from engaging in mudslinging with Bill Binnie. NH voters didn't like that, and that gave Lamontagne–who has some "cred" with the establishment–an opening to challenge Ayotte.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    So if the Tea Party wins in some of the elections is that better for the Democrats or the GOP? I kind of think the GOP would be hurt by this but not sure on the Democrats. I've wondered too if the Tea Party will be the next big political party of the nation – perhaps edging out the GOP for good or like the Know-Nothing party in the late 1800s and early 1900s winning a few skirmishes but losing the war, so to speak. What does the best political team think about this?

    September 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm |