Tuesday 21 November 2017

Conservatives fail to make full impact

Jon Swaine in Miami

Although the Tea Party made dramatic breakthroughs, some of its most high-profile candidates failed to capitalise on the conservative resurgence.

In Nevada, Sharron Angle lost her attempt to unseat Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate leader.

In California, Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett Packard, failed to unseat Barbara Boxer, a Left-wing Democrat. Both Mrs Angle and Mrs Fiorina were endorsed by Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and vice-presidential nominee, who has become the unofficial leader of the Tea Party's loose coalition of activists. Mrs Palin was embarrassingly humbled in her home state. Republican Joe Miller, appeared to have lost, though results will take days to verify. The failure of those who gained national prominence through Mrs Palin's support cast a shadow over the Republicans' evening.

Christine O'Donnell, who attracted attention after she admitted that she had "dabbled" in witchcraft, lost by 17 percentage points in Delaware.

Carl Paladino, the eccentric Tea Party-backed candidate for governor of New York, was beaten by Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic state attorney-general. Stu Spencer, a Republican strategist, said: "The Tea Party has helped in the House, but probably cost us the Senate."

The Tea Party will have a significant presence in the Congress on the back of results. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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