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Media Takes Notice As Winning Streak Continues
By Michael Duncan on August 12, 2010
Ken Buck, a FreedomWorks PAC Champion of Freedom won Tuesday's Colorado Republican Senate primary, making FreedomWorks-endorsed Senate candidates winners in a stunning 6 out of 6 primaries.
Despite being outspent 4 to 1 by GOP party insider and big government advocate Jane Norton, Buck’s grassroots base delivered a historic 52%-48% victory that once again showed the power of the Tea Party Movement. Norton was a supporter of the infamous Referendum C in 2005, which suspended Colorado’s state spending limits for five years and spent $3.7 billion of taxpayer refund money, marking it the biggest tax increase in the state’s history.
In an article today by Anna Fifield of the Finanical Times, she discusses how Tea Party activism is pushing fiscally conservative candidates to the top of the polls.
In addition to Mr. Buck, they have propelled their candidates to win primaries in Utah, Kentucky and Nevada, as well as in Florida - by default when the presumptive Republican nominee pulled out.
"We're trying to take back the parties and put responsible people in control of them," says Stephen Sabolich, a conservative activist from Cleveland, Ohio, who this week attended a tea party boot camp organized by FreedomWorks, a conservative group promoting "grassroots" opposition to the Obama administration.
She later continues:
Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, is optimistic that conservatives can win the House, and perhaps the Senate, in November.
"Politically the elections will be a repeat of 1994 but it will be fundamentally different because these [tea party] folks are organized and are in all 50 states so it's sustainable after the election," he says.
On Tuesday, another Champion of Freedom, Tom Graves, defeated former state Sen. Lee Hawkins and will likely go unchallenged in the Georgia 9th district general election. This news comes just one week after two more of our PAC-endorsed candidates, Justin Amash and Tim Walberg, won their respective Michigan Republican House primary races. Our endorsed candidates are now a perfect 11 for 11 when they have signed the Contract From America.
"This movement is a hostile takeover of the Republican Party," says Kibbe in today's Bloomberg article by Jonathan Salant.
Clearly voters in Colorado, Georgia and Michigan have sent the same message to the GOP: Support candidates who are fiscal conservatives or continue to face primary challenges and risk losing our support on November 2.