Tea Party Candidates Struggle To Find Electoral Success

05/30/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • NEIL KING JR. And DOUGLAS BELKIN Wall Street Journal

Mr. Meade's experience goes to the heart of a debate roiling the nascent movement: Should it back fervent long shots who hew to its antigovernment views, or should it rally around more traditional candidates, even if they don't perfectly reflect the movement's distaste for incumbents, taxes and spending?

The question is being asked as homegrown candidates confront brute realities of politics: reluctant donors, limited party support, inexperienced staffers and the uphill fight against incumbents

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