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Best: The tea party stumbles in the Senate

ElectionsU.S. SenateTea Party MovementTodd AkinRichard MourdockRepublican Party
The success of the "tea party" in wresting the House of Representatives from Democrats in 2010 cemented its place as a political force to be reckoned with, but the tea party itself faced a reckoning in 2012. Republicans needed just four seats to take control of the Senate, a task that polls... Christian Gooden / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / MCT