It pointed out that some analysts say the extent of the Tea Party movement’s influence on the GOP presidential primaries is unclear after the mixed results of the midterm elections Tuesday. The movement’s high-profile losses, especially Sharron Angle’s failure to knock off Senate majority leader Harry Reid in Nevada and as well as defeats in Colorado and Delaware Senate races, have strengthened contentions among party regulars that electing a candidate strongly affiliated with the Tea Party could hurt GOP chances of capturing the White House.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said he had thought Romney’s hopes would be dashed by a strong showing of the movement in the midterms. But after analyzing Tea Party losses in Senate contests, Sabato reached a different conclusion. “Now mainstream Republicans will rethink the nomination, and that will help Romney and some others,’’ he said.
Palin's protégés in Delaware and Nevada, and possibly Alaska, fumbled chances to help the GOP retake the Senate, were pointed out as examples.
Romney had demonstrated a willingness to work with the Tea Party by donating to candidates campaigns after their primary wins. Although, some members were upset when Romney injected himself into the Utah primary in support of Bob Bennett.
The article points out how Romney has several advantages going into a White House Bid:
- high name recognition
- a strong national political network
- the potential to self-finance a presidential run
- a legion of grateful Republican candidates whom he showered with campaign contributions.
If Romney is to win the nomination, the article points out that, He must, however, carve a path somewhere between the powers in the Republican Party — the Tea Party movement and the establishment.
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