Ballotpedia:Tea Parties and State Legislatures
Nationally, the media has a keen interest in identifying and analyzing the extent to which the Tea Party movement might be a factor in November's elections for U.S. Congress.
At Ballotpedia, we'll be collecting some statistics and information to assess whether and where Tea Party activists are getting involved electorally at the more local level of state legislative elections. Over 6,100 state senate and state house seats are up for grabs on November 2 in 46 states.
The Tea Party movement is for the most part officially nonpartisan. That said, when it comes to electoral politics, those engaged in the Tea Party movement tend to favor Republicans over Democrats.
Heading into the November 2 elections, the Democratic Party held a commanding lead in state houses in the 88 legislative chambers that hold elections in 2010. 52 of the 88 chambers, or nearly 60% of them, currently have a Democratic majority, while 33 of them have a Republican majority. (Two chambers have an exactly equal number of Democrats and Republicans and one is officially nonpartisan.)
How to participate
If you are affiliated with a local or state tea party organization, please take a minute to fill out this short survey:
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Example of a scorecard
An example of a state-based Tea Party organization publishing a legislative scorecard is Make Lansing Listen (dead link), a scorecard compiled by Common Sense in Government, an organization led by Wendy Day.
If you are associated with a local or state tea party organization that has or plans to produce a legislative scorecard about your state's legislative incumbents, candidates or both, please let us know by taking this survey or emailing us. If you could provide a link to a website that publishes your legislative scorecard, that would be very helpful.
- Incumbents defeated in 2010's state legislative elections
- Challengers who defeated incumbents in 2010's state legislative elections
- State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations