Tea Party Role Uncertain In Colorado GOP This Year

By: AP
By: AP
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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado Republicans have two big questions one month before their presidential caucuses:

Which candidates will be left in the race on Feb. 7?

And what role will tea party groups play?

Tea party activists packed Republican precinct caucuses in 2010, and they're expected to do so next month.

In 2010, they helped oust well-connected candidates for governor and U.S. Senate -- in favor of contenders with grassroots appeal and folksy charm. Both Dan Maes and Ken Buck went on to lose their contests.

This year, GOP opinions vary about whether state tea party activists will be splinter spoilers or part of the party mainstream.

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