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Potential Tea Party Targets for 2012

As you are settling down from yesterday’s victories, you will want to also pay attention to this list. While many will be focusing on a potential Presidential pick for the GOP, we should not all get distracted by that.We have a significant opportunity to improve the Senate GOP through some primaries. Here is a list of potential targets for primaries — the Senate Republicans up for re-election in 2012:John Barasso (WY)
Scott Brown (MA)
Bob Corker (TN)
John Ensign (NV)
Orrin Hatch (UT)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
Jon Kyl (AZ)
Richard Lugar (IN)
Olympia Snowe (ME)
Roger Wicker (MS)

Just to clarify — this is the list of every Republican up for re-election in the Senate. They are from whom targets will be chosen by the tea party and are not all targets themselves. It is, however, a statement of fact that the Mike Lee election will embolden tea party activists to try to push seats to the right in GOP primaries.Now, before you all get giddy about Olympia Snowe, I would respectfully suggest that Corker, Hatch, Hutchison, Lugar, and Wicker make better targets as we have a much greater certainty of both beating them in primaries and also winning the general election.The New England Republicans like Snowe and Brown might not be the wisest primary fights for the tea party movement.Wicker and Corker in particular make exciting prospects for the tea party movement.

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