Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite elected to the Senate from Kentucky, greets supporters during an election night party in Bowling Green. Tom Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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Mark Meckler, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, wears a Tea Party pin at a July 21 news conference on Capitol Hill. After the elections, Meckler says, the movement with "really find its stride." Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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