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.
Senate hopeful Chuck Devore lost to corporatist Carly Fiorina.
Gubernatorial hopeful Steve Poizner lost to corporatist Meg Whitman.
Gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats lost to Terry Branstad
Congressional hopeful Mark French lost to Denny Rehberg
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.
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.
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.