Primary Tea Party winners show ideals still alive

(NEWS CENTER) -- Across the country primaries are showing how Americans are feeling about Congress and it's giving an idea of how the next four years will go. While some have said the Tea Party is dying, the results of the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor losing his GOP Virginia primary race to Tea Party-backed Dave Brat in Virginia and Tea Party Republican Bruce Poliqiuin winning in Maine give a different picture.

"It has been predicted that the Tea Party or fiscal conservative side of the fence is very much alive," said Meredith Strang Burgess

"If you get Tea Partiers elected what ends up happening is more division and less done," said Ethan Strimling.

Poliquin's competitor Democratic Emily Cain is selling herself as going across party lines while Poliquin has said he's not the establishment politicians. Strang Burgess and Strimling said he will try too paint Cain as too established.

"Bruce is going to carry the core part of the Republican party. Both need to get to the middle group. I'm sure you'll see him go to the middle a little bit," said Strang Burgess.

"Emily has a strong track record...and worked away across the aisle. He's going to have to work very hard to move Cain away from the middle where she already is," said Strimling.

A local issue that the June 10 election decided was the Portland parks issue with Congress Square Park. Voters decided 51% to 49% to "save" the park and add 35 parcels as parks. Strang Burgess said this vote creates some important decisions Portland political scene. Strimling said the council now has to listen to the people, after spending a lot of money arguing over the issue.


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