32% of Tea Party Candidates for Congress Won

Most couldn't defeat more traditional rivals

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 3, 2010 6:51 PM CDT

(Newser) – One in three Tea Party candidates who ran for Congress emerged a winner, reports NBC's First Read blog. It came up with 10 hopefuls for the Senate and 130 for the House who either described themselves as Tea Party candidates or got the backing of Tea Party groups. Of those, 32.1% won and 61.4% lost, with some races still up in the air.

The Senate's easy to break down: The five winners were Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee; losers were Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, John Raese, and Ken Buck. The race with Joe Miller in Alaska remains undecided. To see the full list of Tea Party results in the House—so far, 40 winners and 82 losers—click here.

Sen.-elect Rand Paul, R-Ky., smiles as he awaits an interview in Bowling Green, Ky., Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
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