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(CNN) - In a few days, Americans could carve out a monument to the Tea Party's power - or etch out the movement's political tombstone.
The outcome of the midterm elections will either validate the Tea Party as a national force or cause both Democrats and Republicans to second-guess the movement's impact. But dead or alive after Election Day, the Tea Party has earned a place in history.
The movement was born of frustration and anger at the political establishment and steeped in economic anxiety. It now bubbles with the hope of electoral success in the midterm elections.
But how did it get here?
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