By Seth McLaughlin-The Washington Times
With polls showing the movementâ€™s popularity sagging, tea party members from across the country are warning that anyone who thinks they are sleeping in 2012 is in for a rude awakening come Election Day, when they plan to pick up where they left off in 2010 by bolstering their voices for limited government on Capitol Hill.
The goal, they say, is simple: Reinforce their numbers in the House and elect enough â€œconstitutional conservativesâ€ to end the Democratsâ€™ six-year reign over the Senate.
â€œThe Senate is at a tipping point,â€ said Ted Cruz, a tea-party-backed candidate who is seeking the seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican.
â€œThere are, right now, a handful of strong, free-market, constitutional conservatives, and they are vastly outnumbered â€” outnumbered by the Democrats and, unfortunately, they are outnumbered by a lot of Republicans in the Senate, as well,â€ he said. â€œIf we can grow the numbers in 2012 to 10 or 12 or 15 strong, free-market, constitutional conservatives who are ready to stand up and fight â€” that will change the United States.â€
In 2010, the grass-roots movement strongly pushed â€” depending on whoâ€™s counting â€” about 10 Senate candidates. The group delivered stunning victories in knocking off veteran Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Robert F. Bennett of Utah, in primaries. The menu of successful candidates included fresh-faced conservatives Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah and non-politicians such as Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
To read more, visit: Â http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/29/tea-party-looks-for-strength-in-numbers/
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