Tea party not happy with GOP out­come

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the tea party shouldn’t be.”

Mr. Priebus, though, said the RNC made a full ef­fort in Vir­ginia. In ad­di­tion to the $3 mil­lion fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment, the party de­ployed more than 60 full-time staff mem­bers into Vir­ginia, where mem­bers worked in tan­dem with the state party and the Cuc­cinelli cam­paign to bring out the vote.

Mr. Cuc­cinelli nearly de­feated Terry McAuliffe, whose solid lead in the polls col­lapsed in the fi­nal days of the cam­paign.

“I am not sure what other groups put in the race, but I think $3 mil­lion is a lot of money,” Mr. Priebus said. “It is noth­ing to laugh at. There is al­ways some Mon­day­morn­ing quar­ter­back­ing go­ing on, but you can only spend what you rea­son­ably have.

“If we didn’t put out $3 mil­lion on the ground, what would the score be then?” he asked. The RNC put $2.5 mil­lion into Christie’s race and had 32 staff mem­bers in New Jersey.

Tea par­ty­ers coun­tered that in 2009 the RNC fun­neled $9 mil­lion into Bob McDon­nell’s suc­cess­ful gu­ber­na­to­rial cam­paign in Vir­ginia and said it was ev­i­dence that the RNC was not se­ri­ous about get­ting Mr. Cuc­cinelli elected.

Oth­ers, though, noted that the money spent on the McDon­nell cam­paign four years ago was ex­ces­sive and an ex­am­ple of why the RNC was sad­dled with $23 mil­lion in debt when Mr. Priebus took charge in 2011.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vis­its a school a day af­ter his land­slide win. Tea par­ty­ers say the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee spent money on his cam­paign that should have gone to Ken­neth T. Cuc­cinelli II in Vir­ginia.

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