Tea Partiers shaking up local congressional race
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The rise of the Tea Party has influenced election races all over the country. Here in Texas, the new movement is shaking up the race for U.S. Representative for District 25.
Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett is up against Donna Campbell, a Republican with Tea Party support.
Campbell has never run for political office, but some say it is her unfamiliarity that wins her votes from Tea Party members.
"I am for limited government, not big government," Campbell said. "When asked if I'm related to the Tea Party, I am definitely an American who has a passion to restore this country."
Doggett said the recent wave of the Tea Party movement poses a struggle for his campaign.
"It is a real big serious challenge that only a big turnout in Central Texas can overcome," Doggett said.
Doggett has faced a lot of anger over the last two years when it comes to the conservative party.
"I'm watching my race because I was the first member of Congress to be targeted by the Tea Party last August at a Randall's in Southwest Austin," Doggett said.
However, what concerns Doggett the most is the thought of returning to Congress with politicians who believe in 'saying no to Washington.'
Sean Theriault is a government professor at the University of Texas. He said the Tea Party movement is a reaction to who is in the White House.
"This situation is a little unique in that so many candidates are going to be inside the House and their only objective and reason for running was to vote 'no' on Obama," he said.
Early voting has already started and will continue through Friday, Oct. 29. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.