Blessing or Bane? Tea Party Endorsement Effect on Congressional House Elections

Open Access
Branch, Joshua Brady
Area of Honors:
Political Science
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Marie Hojnacki, Thesis Supervisor
  • Gretchen G Casper, Honors Advisor
  • Endorsements
  • Parties
  • Tea Party
  • Congress
  • Elections
The primary focus of my research is to determine how influential the Tea Party’s endorsement is in elections, with special attention to House elections in 2010 and 2012. Does the Tea Party’s endorsement matter in House elections? How, if at all, has the Tea Party’s influence changed? A secondary focus is determining what other factors may have played a role in the 2010 election that may have exaggerated the perceived strength of the Tea Party.