To the surprise of many, the Tea Party has not been a bust. It has not fizzled out.
Instead, with the major upset in Tuesday's Delaware Republican primary -- the most surprising victory so far -- the Tea Party has established itself as a major player within the Party, stunning moderate candidates in the primary season.
The biggest victories in the Tea Party movement have been in key Senate races around the country. In these races, established Republicans were the front-runners until more conservative candidates backed by the Tea Party overtook them. The seven races below represent the movements's greatest successes to date.
Which of these candidates can emerge victorious come November's general election?