How did tea partiers do in House races? 

Here is CNN’s snap analysis of how the Tea Partiers did in the House: AZ-08 Jesse Kelly – lost DE-AL Glen Urquhart – lost FL-02 Steve Southerland – won FL-22 [...]

Here is CNN’s snap analysis of how the Tea Partiers did in the House:

  • AZ-08 Jesse Kelly – lost
  • DE-AL Glen Urquhart – lost
  • FL-02 Steve Southerland – won
  • FL-22 Allen West – won
  • ID-01 Raul Labrador – won
  • IL-11 Adam Kinzinger – won
  • IL-14 Randy Hultgren – won
  • IN-02 Jackie Walorski – lost
  • KY-03 Todd Lally – lost
  • LA-03  Jeff Landry – won
  • MA-10  Jeff Perry – lost
  • MI-01 Dan Benishek – won
  • MI-07 Tim Walberg – won
  • MI-09 Rocky Raczkowski – lost
  • MO-04 Vicky Hartzler – won
  • NY-25 Ann Marie Buerkle – TBA
  • NC-02 Renee Ellmers – won
  • PA-04 Keith Rothfus – lost
  • PA-07 Pat Meehan – won
  • PA-12 Tim Burns – lost
  • VA-11 Keith Fimian – lost

From what I can tell, all of these candidates are conservatives, but I don’t think they are all properly understood as “Tea Party” candidates. Jackie Walorski, for example, may be a real ideological conservative, but she was also the clear establishment favorite in her primary — it would be misleading to conclude anything about the Tea Party from her defeat.

Tim Burns was actually chosen this spring in a convention by party insiders after Rep. Jack Murtha, D, passed away. Keith Rothfus is a former Bush administration official who won his primary (over another former Bush administration official) with the blessing of former Republican Rep. Melissa Hart. Tim Walberg is a former congressman. Keith Fimian and Allen West are repeat nominees from 2008.

More importantly, here are a few names that clearly should be on this list but aren’t: Reps.-elect Justin Amash (MI-03), Frank Guinta (NH-01), Bobbie Schilling (IL-17), Joe Walsh (IL-08), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Trey Gowdy (SC-04), and Reid Ribble (WI-08). There may be others, but one would be mistaken to underestimate the energy and the re-branding (away from the Bush label) that Tea Partiers brought to the GOP this year.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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