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What do Tea Party victories mean for GOP candidates?

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U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell speaks to her supporters after she won the Delaware U.S. Senate primary against Rep. Mike Castle on September 14, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

What do Tea Party victories mean for GOP candidates? The results are in from last night’s primaries, and Christine O’Donnell, once considered a long shot in the race for Delaware senator, has won the Republican nomination despite the party’s best efforts to defeat her. She and other candidates with Tea Party support, and in some cases endorsements from Tea Party-friendly Republicans like Sarah Palin made a strong showing Tuesday night. Are these candidates the future of the GOP, or a faction dragging the party down? And do they stand a chance against their Democratic opponents in November?

Guests:

Peter Grier, Chief Washington Editor, Christian Science Monitor

Jon Fleischman, Southern California Vice Chairman of the State GOP

Sal Russo, Chief Strategist, Tea Party Express

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