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Tea Party Effects on 2010 U.S. Senate Elections

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Edited by William J. Miller and Jeremy D. Walling - Contributions by Matt A. Barreto; Michael John Burton; Daniel J. Coffey; Loren Collingwood; William E. Cunion; Janna L. Deitz; Sean D. Foreman; Charles H. Franklin; Larry N. Gerston; Benjamin F. Gonzalez; Donald A. Gross; Katherine Heriot Hoffer; Gerald A. McBeath; Matthew Frei J. Quin Monson; Leah Murray; Kelly D. Patterson; Christopher S. Par; Lonce H. Sandy-Bailey; Kyle L. Saunders; Doris Schartmueller; Carl E. Shepro; Brian P. Smentkowski; Frederic I. Solop; Dean Spiliotes and D Stephen Voss

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The unprecedented influence of the Tea Party during the 2010 election season signaled a sea change in the way the American political game could be played. Tea Party influence impacted at least fourteen states’ primary and general elections, their presence indicating a movement that has grown considerably from its fringe roots and continues to wield political influence today. While much media attention has been devoted to the Tea Party and its followers, little political analysis has been undertaken to assess their effects in different contexts throughout the country. William J. Miller and Jeremy D. Walling bring political scientists together in this insightful volume to assess the strategies utilized by Tea Party candidates in primary and general elections and to understand how such a movement could gain enormous traction in such a short period of time.

Tea Party Effects on 2010 U.S. Senate Elections offers readers a comprehensive analysis of the Tea Party’s impact on the 2010 campaigns for United States Senate through chapters written by experts in their respective states. By describing the context and happenings of each race while analyzing all the campaigns decisions, this book offers a timely and critical assessment of the impact the Tea Party played in shaping the 112th Congress’ Senate and what a future affected by Tea Party politics holds.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 406Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/2
978-0-7391-6701-4 • Hardback • November 2011 • $116.00 • (£75.00)
William J. Miller is assistant professor of political science at Southeast Missouri State University.
Jeremy D. Walling is associate professor of political science at Southeast Missouri State University.
1 Foreword
2 Preface
Part 3 Section I: A Whole 'Nother Kind of Tea Party
Chapter 4 1. The Tea Party Movement in America: Fed-Up or Simply Flamboyant?
Part 5 Section II: All Aboard the Tea Party Express
Chapter 6 2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in Delaware?
Chapter 7 4. That's Murkowski with an "I": The Tea Party Express in the 2010 Alaska Senate Election
Chapter 8 5. Running Right in Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey's Early Blueprint for Electoral Success
Chapter 9 6. Tea for Only Two: The Ousting of Utah Senator Robert Bennett
Chapter 10 7. Marco Rubio in Florida: The First Tea Party Senator-Or Not?
Chapter 11 8. Poster Child for the Tea Party: Rand Paul of Kentucky
Part 12 Section III: The Tea Party Shuffle: Moderates Take Two Steps Right
Chapter 13 9. Tough Talk at the Border: The 2010 U.S. Senate Primary in Arizona
Chapter 14 10. The Granite State: A Little Late to the Party
Part 15 Section IV: Using the Rhetoric without Fully Committing
Chapter 16 11. Throwing Tea into the Pacific
Chapter 17 12. No Grizzlies in the Appalachians: The Absence of Tea Party Effects on the West Virginia Senate Race
Chapter 18 13. Tea Party Politics in a Blue State: Dino Rossi and the 2010 Washington Senate Election
Chapter 19 14. A Purple Haze All Around: Messaging, Political Acumen, and Money in the Colorado Senate Race
Chapter 20 15. No Tea for Me: Mark Kirk and the 2010 Race for the Illinois Senate Seat
Chapter 21 16. Mr. Johnson's Taste of Tea
Part 22 Section V: The Impact of the Tea Party
Chapter 23 17. Tea Party Redux: Making Sense of the Midterm Senate Elections
Chapter 24 18. Adding Pieces to the Chess Set: New Players for an Old Game
25 Index
26 About the Contributors
The Tea Party is no fad but a serious political movement with the potential to change the face of American politics. These fifteen case studies detail the goals, strategies, and limitations of launching a grass-roots protest movement. More than the final word on the meaning of the 2010 elections, Tea Party Effects on 2010 U.S. Senate Elections provides invaluable insights for all political scientists, historians, and students of electoral politics, campaigning, and political parties.
Raymond Tatalovich, Loyola University Chicago


Much of the discussion about the Tea Party movement centers on the idea of 'seriousness.' Some adherents to Tea Party principles think government officials, including many Republicans, are not truly focused on the deficit or abortion or some larger collection of political issues. Detractors of the movement, more than a few Republicans among them, see in these politically charged insurgents a jumble of wild ideas having slight application to the real world.... One side of the debate sees an America that has abandoned the dreams of its Founders; the other sees funny people in funny hats going to funny protests. This book takes the Tea Party movement seriously.
Michael Burton, Ohio University


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