By Kevin R. Kosar
The Athens Banner-Herald
Sharron Angle's recent U.S. Senate primary victory in Nevada was the latest in a string of high-profile tea party movement victories. The insurgency also helped Nikki Haley finish first in South Carolina's GOP gubernatorial primary.
Tea party voters helped Rand Paul defeat an establishment GOP Senate candidate in Kentucky last month, drove Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter out of GOP primary races and sank the re-election bid of Utah Republican Sen. Robert Bennett.