What Candidates Did the Tea Party Endorse in 2014?


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National candidates that the Tea Party endorsed did well in populous states in the 2014 general election, including U.S. Reps. Tom McClintock and Dana Rohrbacher in California; Ron DeSantis and Bill Posey in Florida; and John Ratcliffe and Louise Gohmert in Texas. Seventy-three percent of national Tea Party candidates won.

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Groups affiliated with the Tea Party, including FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots, endorsed 80 candidates in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate races. Of these, 58 candidates won.

Winning candidates endorsed by the Tea Party for the 2014 U.S. House races include Gary Palmer of Alabama, Trent Franks of Arizona, French Hill of Arkansas and Ken Buck of Colorado. Others include Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, Raul Labrador of Idaho, Rom Blum of Iowa and John Fleming of Louisiana. Other Tea Party House candidates won in Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and New Hampshire. Additional states where Tea Party candidates won include New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. Virginia and West Virginia also had winners.

In the Senate, some well-known Tea Party-backed candidates who won in 2014 include Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Pat Roberts of Kansas, James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Susan Collins of Maine and John Cornyn of Texas, both endorsed by the Tea Party, also won. Other states with Senate winners include Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Montana and North Carolina. The rest of the Tea Party-endorsed senators are from South Carolina, South Dakota, Idaho and West Virginia.

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