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Is the Tea Party Losing Momentum in Texas?

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's announcement that he will seek the Republican Presidential nomination marks the third GOP candidate in the race so far with Tea Party ties.

From Texas Standard:

The first three Republican contenders for president — Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and now Marco Rubio, all have Tea Party ties. Rubio is the latest to announce candidacy and, despite being considered a Tea Party darling not long ago, his current views on immigration have driven a wedge between the two.

The big question is: Is the unchanging tea party movement in the final throes of death?

Jennifer Rubin, a blogger at The Right Turn for the Washington Post, joins the Standard to look at the influence of the tea party in the upcoming GOP primaries.