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Tea party uses Ariz. summit to scope out 2012 role

Tea party supporters packed a Phoenix convention center Saturday to hear from two possible contenders for next year's Republican presidential nomination — an election the conservative populist movement is determined to shape after helping the GOP to big gains in the midterm elections.

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Tea party members vow to hold GOP accountable

Antsy for results, tea party supporters gathered for a weekend strategy summit say they're intent on making sure the Republicans they helped return to power last fall live up to promises to dramatically change course in Washington.

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Flagstaff dentist Gosar riding anti-incumbent wave (access required)

If little things win elections, then Gosar’s campaign strategy may be right on target. The Flagstaff dentist has spent the past several months traveling across one of the most expansive and diverse congressional districts in the nation, sometimes making speeches, sometimes handing out campaign flyers, but mostly just shaking hands and assuring voters that he is one of them.

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Tea party groups poised to influence races in Arizona, around nation

What began last year as rallies to protest government spending has emerged as a political force that could influence elections across the nation.

Despite the lack of central tea party organization and some internal disagreement, three basic principles unite them: fiscal responsibility, limited government and support of a free market.

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