The Tea Party In America The Tea Party is energizing a segment of conservative Americans. But at least until the midterm elections are over, it's uncertain how the movement will influence American politics.
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The Tea Party In America

Voters and politicians look for the lasting influence of a grassroots movement.

Activists gather near the Lincoln Memorial in the nation's capital to participate in the "One Nation Working Together" rally to promote job creation, diversity and tolerance, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, in Washington. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Left Rallies Enthusiasm On The National Mall

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People gather at a rally in Washington, D.C., organized by conservative Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, one of the de facto leaders of the Tea Party movement. While the Tea Party says it doesn't take a stance on religious and social issues, many of its supporters are conservative Christians. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ken Buck accepts the Republican nomination for Senate on Aug. 10 in Loveland, Colo. Buck, the Weld County district attorney, defeated former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the primary. Eric Bellamy/The Daily Tribune/AP hide caption

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Christine O'Donnell, center, answers questions from the mediawhile at a Sussex County (Del.) Republican Committee Picnic on Sunday. Jessica Kourkounis/Associated Press hide caption

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino makes a point at a campaign event at the Elks Lodge in Riverhead, N.Y., on Sept. 10, 2010. Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke/AP hide caption

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South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint speaks at the Values Voter Summit Friday in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty hide caption

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announces her intention to wage a write-in campaign for her seat, in Anchorage on Friday. Michael Dinneen/Associated Press hide caption

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