Which Tea Party Candidates Won?


District Attorney Ken Buck lost to incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet in a razor thin race. Although often cast as a Tea Party candidate, Buck told ABC News that "I don't see myself as a Tea Party candidate." Buck is against big government, including the recovery program, and tax increases. However, he supports gun rights, a strong national defense, and veterans' benefits. The conservative candidate recently came under fire after his remarks surfaced calling global warming a "hoax."

WATCH Buck on "Top Line."

Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint, South Carolina

U.S. Senator from South Carolina

Opponent: Alvin Greene, unemployed military veteran (D)

Endorsed by Sarah Palin

Leader in Tea Party movement who has endorsed conservative Republican candidates in races nationwide

Jim DeMint won re-election as the Senator from South Carolina by a large margin, defeating Democratic nominee, Alvin Greene, an unemployed former member of the military. Greene's win of the primary was considered a fluke as he lacks a website and held no campaign events. DeMint is a leader in the Tea Party movement, endorsing many conservative candidates. He stands for returning education policymaking to state and local levels, reductions in taxation and government spending, and increased veterans' benefits. He also is anti-abortion and opposed to legal residency for illegal aliens.

WATCH DeMint's interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl.

Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson, Wisconsin


Opponent: Sen. Russ Feingold (D - incumbent)

Ron Johnson defeated Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold in the Wisconsin Senate race. Johnson has no prior political experience, but will use the knowledge he has gained as an accountant and manufacturer. Feingold criticized Johnson during a debate for his lack of experience, to which Johnson replied that he would be the only manufacturer in the Senate, which would give him the small-business perspective that longer-tenured politicians lack. Johnson supports cutting taxes and reducing government spending, as well as cracking down on illegal immigration through employer sanctions and tighter border security. He also has called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme."

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, Utah

Lawyer for Howrey LLP

Opponent: Sam Granato, businessman (D)

Mike Lee, a lawyer and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, defeated Democrat Sam Granato, a businessman, in the Utah Senate race. Lee was the favorite to win the race, after winning the primary. The Incumbent, Bob Bennett, was ousted at the Republican convention in May in a wave of anti-incumbency. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=10987658 Lee wants to balance the federal budget by cutting spending. He also supports a flat tax and the repeal of health care reform. He opposes congressional term limits, abortion, and a path to legal residency for illegal immigrants.

WATCH Lee's Tax Day speech.

Joe Miller

Joe Miller, Alaska


Opponent: Scott McAdams, mayor of Sitka, Alaska (D); Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R - write-in, incumbent)

Endorsed by Sarah Palin

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