Backed by the Tea Party Express and Sarah Palin, a little-known conservative lawyer from Alaska became the latest newcomer to the national political stage to take down an incumbent in 2010.
In arguably the biggest political upset of the year, Joe Miller claimed the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate when incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded Tuesday evening.
Miller's win was a major victory for the tea party movement and marked the first time it had defeated a sitting senator in a primary.
Tea partiers had knocked off Utah Sen. Bob Bennett at a state convention in May, and emboldened organizers now have their sights set on Delaware, where they are backing Christine O'Donnell against the more moderate Rep. Mike Castle in the GOP Senate primary.
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Comment: This a great moment for liberty and limited government, and a serious blow to the establishment parties. Rather than trying to co-op the Tea Party, the RNC should change their big government and interventionist policies and embrace limited government and non-interventionism if they want to survive as political party. Certainly the "tea leaves" are telling me that if they don't they're not going to be around for much longer, even if Sarah Palin is their front.