Although [Debra] Medina’s 18 percent of the Republican primary vote was much more than most observers expected her to get when the campaign season got under way, the champion of the Tea Party/libertarian insurgents failed to force a runoff. Medina also failed to buoy up other Tea Party candidates across the state.
Anti-establishment voters simply didn’t materialize at the polls on Tuesday, and most Republican incumbents cruised to victory over their Tea Party challengers.
“After all the talk from the 9-12 groups and the Tea Party, it’s surprising,” said John Gay, one of three Republicans who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Ron Paul, R-Surfside. “From what I was hearing, there were a lot of people saying they were going to vote for someone besides the incumbent this time.”