Ralph Reed Weighs In On Tea Party

01/05/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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How did the tea party movement affect the outcome? It's a question that's been debated to death over the past 24 hours, and former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed was in DC on Wednesday, bleary-eyed but jubilant, to add his two cents. Armed with post-election survey data he'd commissioned through his new Faith and Freedom Coalition, Reed declared that, yes, the tea party was a factor, but the real engine of the GOP's blowout victory Tuesday was--wait for it--evangelical voters, most of whom co-identify as tea partiers.

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