Politics & Government

September 19, 2010 12:01 AM

Is Jim DeMint's rising star helping or hurting Republicans?

A tea party upstart's shocking election win in Delaware accelerated Sen. Jim DeMint's ascent, left him as the nation's most powerful hard-line conservative politician outside of Sarah Palin — but exposed the South Carolina Republican to attacks that he'd helped destroy his party's chances of regaining Senate control.

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