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Florida Tea Party Candidates receive over 300,000 votes in first general election campaign

Press release from the Florida Tea Party sent to

Tea Party looks to 2012 election


As Chairman Fred O’Neal stated publicly several weeks ago that it would be a “victory just to have our Tea Party candidates on the ballot on November 2nd.”

That being said, the Tea Party was fortunate to have 20 Tea Party nominees on the ballot throughout Florida and many received significant percentages of the vote.

We were pleased that Tea Party nominee Peg Dunmire along with the 19 other candidates received over 300,000 votes in their respective races and that some candidates received upwards of 29% of the vote (Jason Weakley, Florida House, District 96) in their respective races.

This is very important since the Tea Party was just formed a year ago and we faced incredible opposition from the Republican Party of Florida and it’s “dirty tricks squad” with budget of $2,000,000 that was used to file bogus lawsuits; hundreds of thousands of illegal mailers; radio spots; phone calls and “volunteers” going door to door.

The Tea Party is also pleased that our two statewide candidates won their races – Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio and Governor-elect Rick Scott. It should be noted that the Tea Party openly endorsed Rick Scott the weekend before the primary when McCollum was ahead by 10 points and that our endorsement was recognized by the media as being one of the major key’s to Scott’s victory.

The Tea Party will be holding a strategy meeting on Friday to map out initial planning for the 2012 elections. Early estimates are that the Tea Party will field over 100 candidates from the US Senate to the Florida House in the next election.


“Should the Republican Party fail to heed the clear message of 2010 to end earmarks, close the Federal Department of Education, close the National Endowment for the Arts, stop federal funding for NPR and PBS, end farm subsidies, stop subsidizing corporations who ship American jobs overseas, stop bailing out banks and other corporations, or should the Republicans fail to balance the next annual budget or should they fail to begin the process of eliminating the national debt, the TEA Party will be there to hold them accountable. In short, if Republicans elected in 2010 want to keep their jobs after 2012, they better do what they promised on the campaign trail,” warned Fred O’Neal, Chairman of the TEA Party.

Actual Tea Party nominee vote totals by governmental category

Federal (Congress)
8 8324
12 22668
24 4235

Comm of Agriculture 201305

State Legislature

2 26113
11 3199
34 2665
35 850
38 6814
40 1505
41 2892
51 2499
73 1232
79 2489
96 9527
115 1075
119 954
120 2226

Grand Total 306,553

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  1. Rebecca Rebecca November 10, 2010

    O’Neal is right, these republicans better get their act together, or there will be hell to pay come 2012.

  2. Richard Riker Richard Riker November 5, 2010

    The Florida TEA Party, this group with no character will continually loose campaigns. Guetzloe and O’Neil are only out for personal power and to make money for themselves and in doing so drag down anyone associated with them, ie. Peg Dunmire. What will she do now? She and his cohorts aren’t welcome in conservative circles, she’ll probably have to work for Guetzloe,if he’ll have her, doing menial jobs to advance his illicit agenda.

  3. Frank Frank November 5, 2010

    I’d say this year was a success for the Tea Party. They defeated all the lawsuits against them, and kept all their candidates on the ballot. Earning 300,000 votes is a pretty good result for the first election. The Republicans were around 6 years before they won an election.

  4. Mike Kirby Mike Kirby November 4, 2010

    It’s so funny watching you guys run around, shouting and flapping your arms and pretending that means you can fly, or that real birds care about your racket.

  5. Mike Kirby Mike Kirby November 4, 2010

    It’s so gunny watching you guys run around, shouting and flapping your arms and pretending that means you can fly, or that the birds care about you.

  6. Jimmy Jimmy November 4, 2010

    @Mickey= First Fred didn’t say they were “his” candidates, he said the Tea Party endorsed them the weekend right before the election, when all the other “tea party” people were supporting the rino McCollum. The Florida Tea Party was the only Tea Party supporting Scott. The Florida Tea Party sent out over 120,000 emails the weekend before the primary, and Scott won by 40,000 votes, you do the math.

  7. Best We Can Do? [Lake] Best We Can Do? [Lake] November 3, 2010

    Dear Donald Lake, Last night was a fantastic night for America.

    Record turnouts all over the country…a decided swing from the Progressive Democrats in the direction of the (mostly) Progressive Republicans

    The best way to have a ground up organization is to build local chapters. If you believe in our principles and want to be a leader, then now is the time.

    Our conference in September and last night’s election have confirmed one very important thing: we’re doing the right thing…we’re on the right track…

    If you should have any questions, concerns, or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing:

    Yours in Liberty, Butch Porter, National Chairman

    The American Conservative Party

  8. Daniel Surman Daniel Surman November 3, 2010

    I wonder why the press release mentions Peg Dunmire but not Randy Wilkinson? Wilkinson majorly outperformed Dunmire.

  9. Best We Can Do? [Lake] Best We Can Do? [Lake] November 3, 2010


    widely praised victory speech on Tuesday night, speculation was rife that the small-government adherent might consider running for higher office — and possibly soon.

    After Rubio’s speech, Sarah Palin commented that Rubio is “potentially a presidential candidate someday.” But could that day, as some pundits say, come as early as 2012?

    Why wouldn’t he run? “This guy has serious momentum,” says Will Heaven at The Telegraph, “comparable even to Barack Obama’s leading up to the 2008 presidential election.”

    Those factors aside, based on his “ruthless gutting of Governor Charlie Crist,” Rubio clearly has the potential.

  10. Mickey Mickey November 3, 2010

    How arrogant of Freddie to state that Marco Rubio and Rick Scott were his TEA Party candidates. He fails to mention the circumstances of how he duped Rick Scott’s campaign into acknowledging their endorsement. That is until they realized they’d been duped… at which point they quickly removed that from their website.

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