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A new poll shows that while the GOP leads Democrats in many Congressional districts, that lead would not be enough to overcome votes siphoned away if a Tea Party candidate is on the ballot.
A Quinnipiac University polls shows 44 percent of voters would vote for a Republican over a Democrat in this year’s midterm election, compared to 39 percent for Democrats — a sure sign of a Republican resurgence.
That’s the good news.
But, if a Tea Party candidate shows up on the ballot, the Democrat wins by a 36 to 25 percent margin while the Tea Party interloper pulls 15.
The poll show the Tea Party pulls votes away from Republicans, not Democrats. Like most fringe movements, the Tea Party is not mainstream. Only 13 percent of American voters claim they are part of the movement.
Republicans are understandably nervous over the unpredictable and volatile Tea Party followers and have mixed feelings about trying to bring the group into the party.
In the poll, 74 percent of Tea Party supporters said they are Republican or independents who lean Republican, while 16 percent claim they are Democrats or independents who lean Democratic.