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Tea Party victories are seen as a wake-up call to Republicans

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Tea Party victories in this week's primaries are sending shock waves across the political landscape. The new no-nonsense party despises Democrats and career Republicans are the ones feeling the immediate sting.

November is just weeks away and campaigning is getting more and more heated. After Tuesday's primaries, some see the Tea Party victories as a wake-up call to Republicans.

Paige Freeman is the local leader for the Americans for Prosperity group.

"The Tea Party movement was not taken seriously a year and a half ago and they've gained a lot of momentum," said Freeman. "They've had a lot of victories such as these last state primaries and I think they've flexed their muscle."

Change is something voters in Delaware are going to have to get used to. For years, Republican Mike Castle has owned the Senate seat.
After Tuesday's primary, Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who is backed by the Tea Party, moved a big step closer to Washington.

Here at home, Republican Ilario Pantano also has Tea Party backing.

Pantano said, "I think the Tea Party movement is a reflection of a broader movement that our society right now, where citizens of all parties including Republicans, Independents and Democrats, are rejecting the status quo of political landscapes."

Some say the move is anti-incumbent.

Freeman says it all comes down to what candidates stand for.

"I don't think it's so much that," said Freeman. "I don't think it's so much anti-incumbent, or anti-Republican, although there's those that feel the Republicans have compromised too much with the Democrats."

Southeastern North Carolina is facing a somewhat similar situation to what Delaware experienced.

Pantano paints himself as the ultimate outsider. He's vying for the seat held by Democrat Mike McIntyre, who Pantano calls a career politician, who uses pork to hang on to power.

Pantano vows to pull the pork and represent the entire country's best interest.

Pantano said, "Somebody asked me a couple of days ago, 'Where in North Carolina are you running for Congress?' I said, 'Don't worry about that. I'm running for the U.S. Congress.' That's your Congress. Whether I'm running in North Carolina, Texas or Idaho, it doesn't make a difference."

In an appearance on Fox's Sean Hannity show, Pantano slams McIntyre's job record saying, "In my congressional district in Southeastern North Carolina, we've had about 1,800 jobs created, according to the stimulus. 200 of them in the private sector and that's what my opponent is bragging about. Twelve percent of the job growth has been in the private sector. Growing the federal government like this is not sustainable."

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