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Ballot-Qualified TEA Party Fares Poorly in Florida Midterms

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By Le Corbeaunoir

The ballot-qualified TEA Party, also known by its detractors as the “fake” Tea Party, fared poorly in Florida’s November 2, 2010 midterm elections.

The TEA Party has been thought by some observers to be part of a plot involving controversial figures Doug Guetzloe, Fred O’Neal, Congressman Alan Grayson (who lost his re-election bid) and other notorious figures to siphon conservative voters away from Republican candidates, as discussed in an earlier post on this blog.  In the end, the TEA Party candidates garnered relatively few votes and had scant effect on the outcomes of the races they each ran in. Few of the TEA Party candidates did anything more than qualify for the ballot and after the blogoshere exposed the scheme, it may actually have caused votes that would have otherwise gone to the Democrats to be cast as “TEA Party” protest votes, compounding the overall losses suffered by the Democratic Party in this election.

The results of every contest in which a TEA Party candidate ran, are as follows:

U.S. Congress District 8

Daniel Webster (R) 123,464 (56.13%)
Alan Grayson (D) (Incumbent) 84,036 (38.20%)
Peg Dunmire (TEA) 8,324 (3.78%)
George Metcalfe (NPA) 4,140 (1.88%)

U.S. Congress District 12

Dennis A. Ross (R) 100,873 (48.14%)
Lori Edwards (D) 86,053 (41.07%)
Randy Wilkinson (TEA) 22,616 (10.79%)

U.S. Congress District 25

David Rivera (R) 72,577 (52.41%)
Joe Garcia (D) 58,625 (42.33%)
Craig Porter (FWP) 3,114 (2.25%)
Roly Arrojo (TEA) 4,169 (3.01%)

State Commissioner of Agriculture

Adam Putnam (R) 2,835,786 (56.15%)
Scott Maddox (D) 1,914,313 (37.90%)
Ira Chester (TEA) 199,352 (3.95%)
Thad Hamilton (NPA) 101,026 (2.00%)

State Senate District 2

Greg Evers (R) 99,720 (79.32%)
Christopher Crawford (TEA) 26,002 (20.68%)
Margaret M. Smith (WRI) 00 (0%)

State House District 11

Elizabeth Porter (R) 29,512 (53.92%)
Debbie Boyd (D) (Incumbent) 22,018 (40.23%)
John Ferentinos (TEA) 3,199 (5.85%)

State House District 34

Chris Dorworth (R) 21,843 (52.42%)
Steve Barnes (D) 17,162 (41.19%)
John DeVries (TEA) 2,665 (6.40%)

State House District 35

Dean Cannon (R) (Incumbent) 22,989 (57.91%)
Amy Mercado (D) 15,860 (39.95%)
Juanita “Nina” Virone (TEA) 850 (2.14%)

State House District 38

Bryan Nelson (R) (Incumbent) 31,002 (81.98%)
James “Heinie” Heinzelman 6,814 (18.02%)

State House District 40

Eric Eisnaugle (R) (Incumbent) 24,901 (60.46%)
Todd Christian (D) 14,777 (35.88%)
Darin Richard Dunmire (TEA) 1,505 (3.65%)

State House District 41

Steve Precourt (R) (Incumbent) 36,833 (57.52%)
Lee Douglas (D) 24,307 (37.96%)
Jon Foley (TEA) 2,892 (4.52%)

State House District 51

Larry Ahern (R) 22,703 (50.32%)
Janet Long (D) (Incumbent) 19,912 (44.14%)
Victoria Torres (TEA) 2,499 (5.54%)

State House District 73

Matt Caldwell (R) 23,554 (58.58%)
Cole Peacock (D) 15,421 (38.35%)
Raul Rodriguez (TEA) 1,232 (3.06%)

State House District 79

Mike Horner (R) (Incumbent) 24,378 (60.84%)
Eddie Freeman (D) 13,199 (32.94%)
Jose Alvarez (TEA) 2,489 (6.21%)
Danny Davis (WRI) 00 (0%)

State House District 96

Ari Porth (D) (Incumbent) 23,718 (71.34%)
Jason Weakley (TEA) 9,527 (28.66%)

State House District 115

Jose Diaz (R) 21,681 (63.73%)
Jeffrey “Doc” Solomon (D) 11,263 (33.11%)
Christopher Blau (TEA) 1,075 (3.16%)

State House District 119

Frank Artiles (R) 14,351 (52.19%)
Katie Edwards (D) 11,922 (43.35%)
Nestor Iglesias (TEA) 932 (3.39%)
Graziella Denny (NPA) 294 (1.07%)

State House District 120

Ron Saunders (D) (Incumbent) 21,792 (55.47%)
Morgan McPherson (R) 15,293 (38.93%)
Henry Llorella (TEA) 2,198 (5.60%)

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