June 8 Primary Results: Tea Party? What Tea Party?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


The June 8 primary is behind us and despite being repeatedly told by political pundits in the mainstream media that there is an anti-incumbent, pro-Tea Party sentiment in the electorate, you couldn’t tell from yesterday’s results.

The vaunted Tea Party movement, appears to have lost its steam with more tea party candidates losing their bid for their party’s nomination on June 8th. The most Tea Party winners were concentrated in a single state: Nevada.

Here is a partial list of the Tea Party endorsed candidates who lost their bids for the GOP nomination.

California:

Senate hopeful Chuck Devore lost to corporatist Carly Fiorina.
Gubernatorial hopeful Steve Poizner lost to corporatist Meg Whitman.

Iowa:

Gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats lost to Terry Branstad

Montana:

Congressional hopeful Mark French lost to Denny Rehberg

New Jersey:

Four of five incumbent Republican congressmen faced Tea Party opponents in their primaries and all four incumbents won and all four tea party candidates lost.

South Carolina:

Tea Party darling and Gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley won but she couldn’t get over the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. The GOP Governor’s Association is now trying to help her save face by forcing Gresham Barrett to concede the runoff before it begins.

Nevada:

The only state where the GOP race was dominated by the Tea Party turned out to be Nevada. All tea party candidates in Nevada won their contests. This means in Nevada, Democrats have their work cut out for them in the November midterms.

What does this all mean for Democrats? Basically, it means November is probably not going to be the blood bath many on the right and in the Tea Party had hoped for.

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10 Responses to June 8 Primary Results: Tea Party? What Tea Party?

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    I’ve said all along, the voters have concerns about the rate of spending and failure of the Feds to create new jobs but this in no way represents an endorsement of whacko Sarah Palin and her equally whacko followers.

  2. retahyajyajav says:

    You’re 100% correct, Christopher.

    I surfed between the cable networks before leaving for work this morning and they broke down as follows:

    CNN focused primarily on the Gulf oil spill.
    MSNBC was obsessed with Teabagger candidates. You would’ve thought June 8th was a Teabagger sweep and as you pointed out, it wasn’t.
    FIXED News ridiculed the non-Teabagger winners and most peculiar, tried to tie the losing Teabaggers to Democrats!

  3. Brigadoon says:

    Birther queen, Orly Taitz, the Israeli carpetbagger and California dentist, lost her pathetic effort to become the Republican nominee for California’s Secretary of State. Despite the MSNBC’s and Fox’s love affair with the Teabaggers, the party of Palin will be forgotten faster than New Coke.

  4. feminazi says:

    The picture says it all. The Tea Party isn’t worried about the size of the deficit; they’re dangerous racists and political extremists hearkening back to the brown shirts and nationalists from pre-WWII Europe. I am delighted they lost so many primaries yesterday.

  5. Prairiedog says:

    The June 8 primary had more to do with big money than anything else.

    Look at former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. She spent $70 million of her own money to win the California primary for governor.

    Look at former HP CEO Carly Fiorina. She spent $12 million of her own money to face Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

    Tea Party? Give me a break!

  6. Estacada says:

    The primary was a good day for wealthy, Republican women. The Teabaggers? Not so much.

    I didn’t follow the races as closely as many but the one that surprised me most was Blanche Lincoln. After the White House told her “you’re on your own,” I really thought her days were numbered.

    As much as dislike Miss Blanche, she can still be useful to Obama. She’s a simpleton who enjoys being courted and this president loves to waste time on people her.

  7. Walk on Socks says:

    Fascinating summary, Christopher.

    Everyone got it wrong, from the Washington DC punditry, labor, the White House, the Teabaggers, the Democrats and the Republicans.

    If there’s a message from this primary it’s this: never, ever underestimate the American people and don’t bet the farm on the outcome of a race.

  8. bradfrmphnx says:

    I certainly hope the Democrats don’t have as much to fear as the Tea Party had suggested. A lot of the changes being put forth by Dems are being met with outright lies and hyperbole. I am hopeful that the American people can see through this smoke screen. On the whole I am thrilled by the results and the mark that women made in these primaries.

  9. Chad Lebanon says:

    I certainly don’t fear the “Teabaggers.”

    I mean, what’s to fear? Bigots, homophobes and racists carrying signs and screaming at members of the US Congress and President Obama. They’re just tiny pests.

  10. Jolly Roger says:

    Eh…. the Klanbaggers scored a biggie in Nevada, which is one place I was hoping they WOULD prevail. Nikki, she’s not that big a deal anyway, although she promises to be entertaining.

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