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House GOP Freshmen Face Opposition From Democrats, Tea Party In Re-Election Bids

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Image from a quicklink Republican Representative Michael Grimm's office was filled with conservative Tea Party activists one day last month and they weren't happy.
Why, they asked, hadn't the first-term lawmaker done more to slash U.S. government spending? Why, months earlier, had Grimm broken ranks with the Tea Party by voting - with another 173 of the House's 242 Republicans - to raise the U.S. debt limit? ...The scene in Grimm's office was a vivid display of the pressure facing many of the 87 House Republican freshmen - most backed by the Tea Party - as they seek re-election nearly two years after they swept into Washington and helped change the national debate on government spending.

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