The tea party movement is clearly having major impact on the midterm elections – putting a significant number of more conventional Republicans as well as Democrats into a cold sweat as they look over their shoulders at tea party-backed candidates with a real possibility of winning.
House and Senate candidates in this election cycle raised nearly $1.2 billion, ahead of the pace for contests in 2008. Republican Meg Whitman is pumping $104 million of her own money into her campaign for California governor.
After toppling moderate Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, the 'tea party' it setting its sights on Delaware. Tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell is challenging moderate US Rep. Mike Castle in this month's GOP US Senate primary.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, left, (D) of California and Republican candidate for Senate Carly Fiorina debate on the campus of Saint Mary's College, on Sept. 1, in Moraga, California.
Lisa Murkowski, the incumbent Republican senator, conceded the race in Alaska to Joe Miller, a Tea Party candidate backed by Sarah Palin.
Tamara Schirrmacher dresses up as The Statue of Liberty as she holds chains that she says represent the national debt during a tax day Tea Party event in Pleasanton, Calif., April 15, 2009. Protests took place around the country to demonstrate against recent bailouts and excessive government spending.