FILE - This Oct. 8, 2008, photo shows Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., in Casa Grande, Ariz. Kirkpatrick is in a tight race with Republican challenger Paul Gosar. The tea party has proven it's no flash ... more 
FILE - This Oct. 8, 2008, photo shows Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., in Casa Grande, Ariz. Kirkpatrick is in a tight race with Republican challenger Paul Gosar. The tea party has proven it's no flash in the pan. More than 70 of its candidates are on ballots from coast to coast, and nearly three dozen are locked in competitive House races, according to a state-by-state analysis by The Associated Press. less 
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