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Tea Party Stumbles As GOP Establishment Flexes Fundraising Strength

Tea Party candidates did well in GOP primary elections in 2010 and 2012; this year, not so much. Part of this lack of success is because establishment candidates have generally out-raised them, and establishment-aligned outside groups are no longer reluctant to get involved in primaries.

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Peter Overby has covered Washington power, money, and influence since a foresighted NPR editor created the beat in 1994.