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A Couple of Candidates Taking the Express Train

The Tea Party Express, one of the higher-profile Tea Party organizations, announced some candidate endorsements this morning.

Most of them were the ones you would expect: Chuck DeVore, Michelle Bachmann, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, Rand Paul. They endorsed Mike Pence of Indiana, but I think he’ll be okay either way; the best-funded Democrat running against him has raised $115.

They also endorsed Walt Minnick, a House Democrat from Idaho who voted against the stimulus, cap and trade, and the health care bill. I must quibble with the Tea Party Express folks; Walt Minnick’s first vote as a congressman was to make Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House, empowering her a great deal. I figure Vaughn Ward would represent this district with all the votes we do like, and none of the votes we don’t like.

And perhaps most surprisingly, the Tea Party Express said that their preferred candidate in the race they deemed more important than any other in 2010 is… Sharron Angle, who has trailed other better-known Republicans for much of the year. Since August of last year, Angle has garnered 5, 9, 13, 13, 8, and 5 percent in the last poll a few days ago. Sue Lowden has been polling in the mid-40s, and Danny Tarkanian has been in the high 20s.

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