Election surprises show ‘tea party’ strength
An outsider’s victory in Florida and another’s lead in Alaska indicate that public anger toward Washington remains a considerable force this campaign season.
For months, skeptics questioned the staying power of the “tea party” movement. But surprise primary election returns in Florida and Alaska this week underscored its strength and resilience.
Two outsider candidates who embraced the movement’s anti-government, anti-spending messages staggered their entrenched, establishment Republican opponents Tuesday, showing that public anger toward Washington remains a resonant, if volatile, force heading into the home stretch of the congressional campaign season….