With the 2010 Elections only 43 days away, the primaries are complete and the candidates are set. Among the senatorial races, the GOP has nominated 8 candidates who are affiliated with the conservative lobbying movement known as the Tea Party. Since the nomination of these candidates, polls show that 3 of the races improved for Democrats, 3 of the races improved for Republicans, and 2 of the races have not changed, as the chart below shows.
- While 3 of the 8 candidates have been elected to state positions, none of the 8 candidates have been elected to a federal position.
- Four of the 8 candidates had contentious primaries that resulted with a victory margin of 6% or less.
- Two of the 8 candidates triggered a third-party candidate, including Governor Charlie Crist as an Independent in Florida and Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska.
The chart below lists the 8 candidates with the margin of their primary victory in parentheses, whether the candidate triggered a third party candidate, whether the candidate has held an elected position before, and how the candidate’s nomination has changed the polls.