ByÂ Mark Arsenault and Donovan Slack, The Boston Globe
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. â€” After running for months against the Washington ruling establishment, a host of Tea Party-backed candidates won election yesterday and promptly faced the challenge of transitioning from a boisterous political campaign to finding common ground in Congress to deal with a massive debt they vowed to control.
The string of Tea Party victories began here in Kentucky, where Republican Rand Paul handily defeated his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway. That was followed by other Tea Party successes, including the election of Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to the US Senate.
But the movement also faced some setbacks.
In Nevada, the most powerful sitting US senator, majority leader Harry Reid, successfully defended his seat against the Tea Party-fueled candidacy of former state legislator Sharron Angle.
Democrat Christopher Coons beat Republican Christine Oâ€™Donnell in Delaware, and Democrat Joe Manchin topped Republican John Raese in West Virginia.
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