What Impact Will Tea Party Have On Primary?

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By Alabama News Network

We're less than a month away from the June third Alabama primary.

 
With the state's tea party growing in numbers, will it have an impact in the Republican races?
 
The Tea Party, a more conservative branch of the Republican party, got it's start back in 2009.
 
This election will be a pretty big test for the group across the country, and here in Alabama. 
 
When voters go to the polls, there will be a few races where Tea Party endorsed candidates will be taking on established GOP incumbents.
 
One of those races has Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey facing Stan Cooke.
 
Tea Partiers have already had success in fielding candidates, like Mike Holmes who won the special election for the Elmore County house seat earlier this year. 
 
Political analyst Steve Flowers says in an election where turnout is expected to be low, an endorsement from any special group could have a big impact. 
 
"Those endorsements are extremely important. Because generally speaking, those people will show up. So I would say this primary June 3rd may give the Tea Party more influence than they would have in a normal election," said Flowers.
 
And some voters think it's time for change in the Republican party. 
 
"I believe it's an idea that's here to stay. That people are tired of our representatives not having the same values as we do. They want change," said Montgomery resident Steve Glenn.
 
Flowers says that the tea party could really affect smaller races, particularly the race for State Senator Bryan Taylor's seat, who isn't running for another term. 
 
"You may have some open senate seats where they become important, they could become very important. It's a very small race. So for example, there's an active tea party in Elmore County. That Wetumpka Tea Party. They will have an influence over that state senate race," said Flowers. 
 
The Tea party has endorsed several incumbents like Governor Robert Bentley for the primary. We'll see how those other races go on June 3rd. 


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