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September 15th, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Tea Party favorites win GOP primaries in Delaware, New York

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The Tea Party movement basked in the glow of victory Wednesday after its favorites won primary elections in Delaware and New York the night before over more mainstream Republicans, demonstrating again the clout of the political right.

Now the question is whether the right-wing candidates can also defeat Democratic rivals in November's congressional elections, when the stakes are higher and the full electorate is deciding.

Candidates backed by the Tea Party have won at least eight major GOP nomination fights across the country this year, in Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and Utah. Tea Party candidates have also shown significant strength in numerous other state and local contests.

The results in Delaware and New York highlighted the last major day of primary voting before the upcoming election in just under seven weeks.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. jerry

    What is the difference between a moderate democrat and a moderate republican?
    NOTHING! But everyone still thinks their team is better.
    Until now, politicians could just pick a banner to run under based on their districts voting patterns or to avoid a primary.
    Now we have a real choice(in some states). This is a very good thing. I am hoping for a few upsets in November.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  2. vjordan

    Take note! The Tea Party is not a third party....but the new republican party. Hopefully a party that doesn't vote by party line, but votes on the issues...Common sense and conservative values.

    September 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  3. kobi2016

    dont count your chickens yet, this move can be stratagick and can have detrimental consequence for the Dem.., but that is what we'll wait and see play out in the upcoming national congrssional election.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  4. wadeintn

    thank God for small favors. now we have entertainment and a win for the Dems. Yey!!!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:27 am |