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."
House Minority Leader John Boehner (far right), the likely speaker in a GOP-led House, with other Republican House leaders, including (from left) Candice Miller (MI), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (VA), Peter Roskam (IL), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) and Kevin McCarthy (CA).
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Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (left) and Republican challenger John Kasich at an Oct. 7 debate in Toledo. Nathan Daschle, the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, points to the help Strickland's efforts gave to the Obama campaign in 2008 as an example of how governors can influence the presidential election.