Tea Party Movement Gains Ground With GOP Senate Primary Wins

September 15th, 2010 - 7:26 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
gop1Sep 15, (THAINDIAN NEWS) As the Republican Primaries are approaching the end, the results of the GOP nominations for the gubernatorial election scheduled for this fall, points to a rise in power of the Tea Party movement. Undoubtedly the grass-root party is gaining strength, but what this means to the Republican party as a whole is a big question that is bothering politicians and analysts.

The concern over the rise of the tea party has increased a few more folds after the Tuesday night Republican Primary election of Delaware. Tea Party backed conservative political commentator Christine O’Donnell won the Republican nomination at the last moment defeating nine-term Representative Michael Castle who was considered by many as a more fit governor nomination. The Tea Party’s favorite was supported by former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin who said that she would back Christine O’Donnell. However, the win made the rift between the supporters of the Tea Party movement and the moderate Republican workers apparent.

It is not only the win of Christine O’Donnell that has raised the concern about the future of the Republican Party, but also the win of Tea Party backed real estate developer Carl Paladino in New York GOP Senate Primary. Carl Paladino defeated Congressman Rick Lazio to win the nomination. Apart from these two Tuesday night wins, Tea Party backed candidate Ovide Lamontagne is reported to be leading in the New Hampshire Republican Senate Primary election whose results are yet to be declared. All these have led many political analysts to question the Tea Party movement’s role in the Republican party as a whole. Many have implied that the movement is acting more as a hindrance than as a help to the Republican party.

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