The Tea Party has always had a strong Republican base even though many members are Independents, Democrats or Libertarians. The Tea Party supporting GOP members have often been at odds with their mainstream GOP leadership. That has been very evident in this years primary system. The Tea Party has taken out several sitting Congressmen because they were
In the survey, 71% of Republicans described themselves as tea-party supporters, saying they had a favorable image of the movement or hoped tea- party candidates would do well in the Nov. 2 elections.