End of an era? Tea party class of House Republicans fades

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican newcomers stunned Washington back in 2010 when they seized the House majority with bold promises to cut taxes and spending, and to roll back what many viewed as President Barack Obama's overreach of the executive branch.

But some of them don't want to be called tea party Republicans any more.

Eight years since that election wave, the House Tea Party Caucus is long gone.

So, too, are almost half those new House Republicans elected in that historic rout.

Some moved to higher office. Others slipped back to private life. Several are senators.

Now, with control of the House again at stake this fall, the lessons of the tea party revolt show the limits of riding a campaign wave into the hard reality of governing.

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