Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor for The Cook Political Report, told CBS News that it is just too soon to tell how voters will feel about tea party candidates.
“Does their membership follow them? If the answer is yes, then they could give some of these candidates a raise,” Duffy told CBS News. “The most viable primary candidate right now is Bevin against McConnell and he was up before the shutdown. He’s got money. Which is the first major hurdle.”
“But it’s possible. Are they viable general election candidates? I mean, look where these states are. They’re very red states but I think that Democrats learned over the last two cycles that if they can recruit a decent candidate, they can be competitive.”