Tea Party News and Analysis

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Tea Party Endorsed Candidates and Election 2012

11.14.2012

In the Senate races, Tea Party-endorsed candidates fared even worse in 2012 than they did in 2010. This year, national Tea Party groups and their PACs endorsed thirteen candidates. Eleven lost. Only Jeff Flake in Arizona and Ted Cruz in Texas won, giving them a 15% winning percentage in 2012. By contrast, in 2010 10 of 16 Tea Party endorsed candidates won – a 62.5% winning percentage.

 

 Tea Party Endorsed Candidates - Senate 2012

First
Name

Last
Name

State

Freedom
Works for America

FreedomWorks PAC

Tea Party Express

Patriot Super PAC

Result

Josh

Mandel

Ohio

1

1

1

1

Loss

Richard

Mourdock

Indiana

1

1

1

 

Loss

John

Raese

West Virginia

1

1

1

 

Loss

Tom

Smith

Pennsylvania

1

1

1

 

Loss

Pete

Hoekstra

Michigan

 
 

1

 

Loss

George

Allen

Virginia

1

1

 
 

Loss

Kurt

Bills

Minnesota

1

1

 
 

Loss

Daniel

Bongino

Maryland

1

1

 
 

Loss

Barry

Hinckley

Rhode Island

1

1

 
 

Loss

Wendy

Long

New York

1

1

 
 

Loss

Connie

Mack IV

Florida

1

1

 
 

Loss

Ted

Cruz

Texas

1

1

1

1

Win

Jeff

Flake

Arizona

1

1

 
 

Win

 

Tea Party endorsed candidates had more trouble in statewide races this year, but did very well in gerrymandered House districts. This year national Tea Party groups endorsed 83 candidates, 67 won, 15 lost, and one race goes to a December run-off. The 2012 winning percentage in the House of over 80% is even higher than the 2010 winning percentage of 63%, when 85 of the 135 endorsed candidates won.

Incumbency was extremely helpful to Tea Party endorsed candidates this year, where 44 of the 67 winning candidates were incumbents. Only four Tea Party-endorsed incumbents lost in 2012, Ann Marie Buerkle, Bobby Shilling, Joe Walsh, and Allen West. (In Louisiana, Jeff Landry will face off against another Republican in a December run-off election).

The FreedomWorks for America Super PAC endorsed 86 candidates, 66 won, 19 lost, with 1 going to a run-off – a nearly 77% winning percentage. The FreedomWorks Inc. PAC endorsed the same candidates as the Super PAC, plus Trey Gowdy in South Carolina (who also won). Their winning percentage was 77%.

The Tea Party Express (officially known as Our Country Deserves Better – TeaPartyExpress.org PAC) did not fare as well. The PAC endorsed twenty candidates, but only eight won – a 40% winning percentage.

Patriot Action Network's political action committee, the Patriot Super PAC endorsed just five candidates. Three of the five endorsed candidates won, giving them a 60% winning percentage.

Tea Party Endorsed Candidates - US House of Representatives 2012

 

First
Name

Last
Name

State

District

Freedom
Works for America

Freedom
Works PAC

Tea Party Express

Patriot Super PAC

Result

Jeff

Landry

Louisiana

3

1

1

 
 

Runoff

Karen

Harrington

Florida

23

1

1

1

 

Loss

Bobby

Schilling

Illinois

17

 
 

1

 

Loss

Lee

Anderson

Georgia

12

 
 

1

 

Loss

Hans

Lessmann

Pennsylvania

14

 
 

1

 

Loss

Todd

Long

Florida

9

 
 

1

 

Loss

Jonathan

Paton

Arizona

1

 
 

1

 

Loss

Dave

Rouzer

North Carolina

7

 
 

1

 

Loss

Ann Marie

Buerkle

New York

24

1

1

 
 

Loss

Joe

Walsh

Illinois

8

1

1

 
 

Loss

Allen

West

Florida

18

1

1

 
 

Loss

Matt

Doheny

New York

21

1

1

 
 

Loss

Adam

Hasner

Florida

22

1

1

 
 

Loss

Jason

Plummer

Illinois

12

1

1

 
 

Loss

Danny

Tarkanian

Nevada

4

1

1

 
 

Loss

Mia

Love

Utah

4

1

1

 

1

Loss

Kerry

Bentivolio

Michigan

11

1

1

1

 

Win

Tom

Cotton

Arkansas

4

1

1

1

 

Win

Ron

DeSantis

Florida

6

1

1

1

 

Win

Richard

Hudson

North Carolina

8

1

1

1

 

Win

Mark

Meadows

North Carolina

11

1

1

1

 

Win

Keith

Rothfus

Pennsylvania

12

1

1

1

 

Win

Ted

Yoho

Florida

3

 
 

1

 

Win

Tom

McClintock

California

4

1

1

 
 

Win

David

Schweikert

Arizona

6

1

1

 
 

Win

Steve

Southerland

Florida

2

1

1

 
 

Win

Justin

Amash

Michigan

3

1

1

 

1

Win

Kevin

Brady

Texas

8

1

1

 
 

Win

Paul

Broun

Georgia

10

1

1

 
 

Win

Michael

Burgess

Texas

26

1

1

 
 

Win

John

Campbell

California

45

1

1

 
 

Win

Steve

Chabot

Ohio

1

1

1

 
 

Win

Jason

Chaffetz

Utah

3

1

1

 
 

Win

Mike

Coffman

Colorado

6

1

1

 
 

Win

Jeff

Duncan

South Carolina

3

1

1

 
 

Win

Chuck

Fleischmann

Tennessee

3

1

1

 
 

Win

John

Fleming

Louisiana

4

1

1

 
 

Win

Trent

Franks

Arizona

8

1

1

 
 

Win

Scott

Garrett

New Jersey

5

1

1

 
 

Win

Phil

Gingrey

Georgia

11

1

1

 
 

Win

Louie

Gohmert

Texas

1

1

1

 
 

Win

Tom

Graves

Georgia

14

1

1

 
 

Win

Andrew

Harris

Maryland

1

1

1

 
 

Win

Jeb

Hensarling

Texas

5

1

1

 
 

Win

Tim

Huelskamp

Kansas

1

1

1

 
 

Win

Bill

Huizenga

Michigan

2

1

1

 
 

Win

Jim

Jordan

Ohio

4

1

1

 
 

Win

Steve

King

Iowa

4

1

1

 
 

Win

Raul

Labrador

Idaho

1

1

1

 
 

Win

Doug

Lamborn

Colorado

5

1

1

 
 

Win

Jeff

Miller

Florida

1

1

1

 
 

Win

Mick

Mulvaney

South Carolina

5

1

1

 
 

Win

Randy

Neugebauer

Texas

19

1

1

 
 

Win

Steve

Pearce

New Mexico

2

1

1

 
 

Win

Ted

Poe

Texas

2

1

1

 
 

Win

Mike

Pompeo

Kansas

4

1

1

 
 

Win

Bill

Posey

Florida

8

1

1

 
 

Win

Tom

Price

Georgia

6

1

1

 
 

Win

Reid

Ribble

Wisconsin

8

1

1

 
 

Win

Todd

Rokita

Indiana

4

1

1

 
 

Win

Ed

Royce

California

39

1

1

 
 

Win

Steve

Scalise

Louisiana

1

1

1

 
 

Win

Tim

Scott

South Carolina

1

1

1

 
 

Win

Austin

Scott

Georgia

8

1

1

 
 

Win

Marlin

Stutzman

Indiana

3

1

1

 
 

Win

Lynn

Westmoreland

Georgia

3

1

1

 
 

Win

Joe

Wilson

South Carolina

2

1

1

 
 

Win

Kevin

Yoder

Kansas

3

1

1

 
 

Win

Andy

Barr

Kentucky

6

1

1

 
 

Win

Kevin

Cramer

North Dakota

at-large

1

1

 
 

Win

Steve

Daines

Montana

at-large

1

1

 
 

Win

George

Holding

North Carolina

13

1

1

 
 

Win

Thomas

Massie

Kentucky

4

1

1

 
 

Win

Robert

Pittenger

North Carolina

9

1

1

 
 

Win

Trey

Radel

Florida

19

1

1

 
 

Win

Matt

Salmon

Arizona

5

1

1

 
 

Win

Steve

Stockman

Texas

36

1

1

 
 

Win

Ann

Wagner

Missouri

2

1

1

 
 

Win

Jackie

Walorski

Indiana

2

1

1

 
 

Win

Randy

Weber

Texas

14

1

1

 
 

Win

Brad

Wenstrup

Ohio

2

1

1

 
 

Win

Trey

Gowdy

South Carolina

4

 

1

 
 

Win

Dan

Benishek

Michigan

1

 
 
 

1

Win

Last modified on 11.15.2012
Devin Burghart

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