Tea Party candidates had few victories in the 2014 congressional primary season. By challenging "establishment" Republicans, did those Tea Party challenges, nonetheless, make the Republican Party more conservative?
After winning 10 targeted races in the 2010 congressional midterm elections, the Tea Party movement of the Republican Party had only one clear victory this year. Tea Party-backed John Ratcliffe knocked off 91-year-old Ralph Hall in Texas' 4th Congressional district. Other than that, those backed by the Tea Party were unable to be "2014's Ted Cruz," the Tea Party candidate who won election as Texas senator in 2012. It seems as though 2014 is the year the "establishment" held its ground.