Thirty three percent of likely voters in Colorado consider themselves members of the tea party, the largest percent of self-identifying tea partiers in any state of the Union, according to national polling firm Rasmussen Reports. The data formalizes impressions on the ground here and at least perhaps partly explains why mainstream or party-backed Republican candidates such as six-term Congressman Scott McInnis and former Lt. Governor Jane Norton are struggling here against “outsider” candidates such as Dan Maes and Ken Buck. The tea party movement is many things but mostly stands against the career politician policies that have run up government spending and jacked up deficits.
Rasmussen posted a news-style video summary of recent survey results:
Gubernatorial candidate Maes won in the GOP delegate voting at the state assembly last month against McInnis. Busk won the March caucus strawpoll voting against Norton, who then decided not to participate in the delegate process, leaving Busk to sweep the voting at the assembly.