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Tea Party Beats GOP In Generic Ballot: Poll

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In another sign that the Tea Party movement could cause electoral headaches for the GOP, a new poll shows the new conservative brand doing better than the Republican party on a three-way generic ballot.

In a three-way Generic Ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.

Rasmussen notes that election rules make it unlikely that an organized political Tea Party will spring up to challenge the GOP. But Tea Party candidates are causing trouble for Republican incumbents in at least eight upcoming elections.

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