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The Tea Party Factor On Primary Day

Voters arrive to cast ballots at the Webster School in Manchester, N.H. on Tuesday. (AP)

Voters arrive to cast ballots at the Webster School in Manchester, N.H. on Tuesday. (AP)

As New Hampshire voters cast their ballots in today’s presidential primary, where’s the Tea Party? Back in 2010 they stormed into Concord, with Tea Party-backed candidates winning a big majority of seats in both house of the state legislature.

Back then, more than four in 10 of those who went to the polls expressed support for the populist movement. But today, The Tea Party’s influence appears to be on the wane in New Hampshire. It failed to coalesce around a presidential candidate ahead of today’s first-in-the-nation primary. So what happened?


  • Jack Kimball, former chairman, New Hampshire Republican Party


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  • Anonymous

    Newt the millionaire historian?

  • Anonymous

    I thought the Teabaggers claim that they aren’t partizan?  Yet he claims they will all get behind the Repulican nominee.

  • Anonymous

    The NH anti-helmet crowd will vote against Newt based on wife number three’s haircut.

  • Dave

    John beat me to it.   I heard Mr. Kimball say the Tea Party was actively working to get a Republican in the White House, and Republican governors across the land.   In early years, the Tea Party tried very hard to claim they were non-partisan, consisting of Dems, Independents, and Republicans.   I guess they have been completely co-opted by the GOP at this point.

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