Politics & Government

September 16, 2010

Florida's three-way Senate race produces a tea party hybrid

Depending on who you talk to, the latest upset by a tea party-backed conservative candidate either signals a Republican surge in November or bodes well for Democrats vying for mainstream votes. In Florida, the nation's largest political battleground, the lessons from the primary season that wrapped up Tuesday are even harder to discern. The unprecedented, three way-race in Florida defies the classic tea-party narrative, in which an ideologically pure political outsider triumphs over the weak-kneed establishment.

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