Tea Party Could Doom GOP in November
If they run candidates, Democrats will win: Quinnipiac
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2010 1:58 PM CDT
Republican voter, or Tea Party candidate?   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Just 13% of Americans self-identify as members of the Tea Party movement, but a new Quinnipiac poll shows they may well hold the key to the 2010 midterm elections. Respondents say they would vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 44% to 39%. But if a Tea Party candidate is in the mix, the calculus changes drastically: Tea Party, 15%; GOP, 25%; Democrat, 36%.

“The Tea Party could be a Republican dream—or a GOP nightmare,” says a Quinnipiac official. “If the Tea Party were to run its own candidates for office, any votes its candidate received would to a very great extent be coming from the GOP column.” The poll shows that while 70% of American voters are “somewhat” or “very dissatisfied” with the direction the country is going, 92% of tea partiers feel that way. The question for anxious Republicans: Are they dissatisfied enough to run candidates in November?

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Mar 25, 2010 4:30 PM CDT
Fringe political movements are just that: fringe. The tea baggers will have no appreciable effect on the next elections. Independent voters are the key to victory, and they have proven themselves to be quite knowledgable and emininently sane for the most part. The party that wins the independent vote will win the majority, and tea baggers only scare these voters away from the Right. The guy in the pirate hat......poster boy for the tea bag movement. ARRRR!!!!!!
Mar 25, 2010 12:31 PM CDT
Lord, we thank you for your idiot followers (...who will deliver us from your idiot followers).
Mar 25, 2010 6:11 AM CDT
Good, destroy the GOP so the aftermath takes out the Democrats too and then at worst we can have a realignment along political lines that actually make sense (say, evangelical progressive nationalists vs market liberal federalists), and at best a complete dealignment away from this form of partisan system.