January 9, 2012

THE TEA PARTY CANDIDATE:

Tea Party Is Taking Back Seat In Primary (JANET HOOK And NEIL KING JR., 1/09/12, WSJ)

[J]ust as the former Massachusetts governor benefited from a fractured social-conservative electorate in Iowa, he appears likely to be helped by a fractured tea-party vote Tuesday in New Hampshire.

The latest survey by the University of New Hampshire, taken from Thursday to Sunday, shows Mr. Romney doing about as well among voters who say they are active in or supportive of the tea party as he does among all voters: He drew 36% of tea-party backers, followed by Mr. Paul (19%), Mr. Santorum (19%), Mr. Gingrich (14%) and Mr. Huntsman (4%).

Surveys suggest roughly four in 10 likely voters in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary identify with or support the tea party.

Many tea-party allies were elected to the New Hampshire legislature in 2010, and they have been flexing their muscles in Concord, the state capital, by advancing an aggressive pro-gun, anti-union, anti-abortion agenda. But the tea party hasn't been a strong organizational force independent of the GOP.

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