The Tea Party notched dozens of key wins in the midterm elections despite losses by some of the movement's most high-profile candidates.
In Senate races, Republicans Christine O'Donnell of Delaware, Sharron Angle of Nevada and Ken Buck of Colorado were trumped by Democratic opponents. Moreover, GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller is believed to be trailing incumbent Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), but The Wall Street Journal reports that write-in ballots are still being counted and the winner may not be announced until Nov. 29.
In a gubernatorial race that garnered a lot of national attention, Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) defeated Carl Paladino, who was supported by the Tea Party.
During a Nov. 3 interview on CNN, O'Donnell blamed her loss on insufficient support from the GOP, which she called "Republican cannibalism." She claimed that Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and political strategist Karl Rove were reluctant to support her candidacy, which she believes cost her a victory.
According to CBS News, the candidacies of O'Donnell and Angle may have prevented Republicans from gaining control of the Senate. The news provider suggests that the moderate politicians who were defeated by O'Donnell and Angle in September's primary election would have fared better in the general election.