For Tea Party Targets, Enthusiasm No Match for Funds

As the Republican primary results poured in Tuesday evening, a general rule of thumb emerged in races featuring Tea Party insurgents challenging Republican incumbents: Money matters.

In the most closely watched races, strong interest among Tea Party activists in unseating an incumbent could not overcome a poorly financed challenger. The clearest examples were the victories of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, of Dallas, both of whom were targeted by Tea Party groups. None of the challengers in the primary races raised enough money to overcome incumbents with deep campaign war chests.

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