BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The unexpected and resounding defeat of Eric Cantor is giving new energy to the Tea Party.
It's raising the question, is the Tea Party experiencing a resurgence? Patrick Humphries, president of the greater Boston Tea Party, told FOX 25 Political Reporter Sharman Sacchetti, that people who write the Tea Party's obituary are "definitely wrong."
Humphries says the Tea Party has never gone away, and that what happened in Virginia proves it.
"There's a groundswell, I mean that's what the Tea Party has been, a groundswell from the grassroots," he said.
Democratic Congressman Mike Capuano, who is up for reelection this fall and isn't facing a challenger from either party, said he's not convinced the Tea Party is coming back strong at all.
"I don't know. One election is one election," he said. "When the Red Sox win one game or lose one game nobody likes it, but there's always another game. It's the same thing here."
Capuano says he believes the tea party wasn't "dying, but maybe fading away or getting morphed into a more mainstream type of situation."
He went on to say, "It could be a turning point. It could be a dying last gasp. Only time will answer that," he said.
Republicans -- already face an uphill battle in deep blue Massachusetts..
In fact, five out of the nine members of Congress are running unopposed.
Although Humphries believes Tea Party Republicans could make gains this fall, he admits organizing is a struggle in this state.
"It's not as cohesive as it could be," he says.
David Brat only raised a couple hundred thousand dollars to Eric Cantor's $5 million, which gives hope to those challengers who can't raise a lot of money.
Congressman Capuano says he and other house Democrats are waiting to hear the impact on house Republicans because he wonders if it means moderate Republicans will be less likely to compromise.?
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