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  • Keli Carender, national grassroots coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, said the strength of the group was reflected in the $1.2 million and counting that it raised in 10 days.

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  • "I think they are willing to lose a governor's race just to be spiteful and just win a message war," said Keli Carender, national grass-roots coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots. "Now they can go in 2014 and 2016, and they want to be able to use the Cuccinelli race and the outcome in Virginia as an argument as to why they should be supported and the tea party shouldn't be."

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