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Indiana Senate race a crucial test for Tea Party

Movement’s appeal is being severely tested

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Greg Fettig, a landscape architect and Republican activist, knows the naysayers are watching. Amid the cornfields of the ­Hoosier State, he and other stridently fiscal conservatives want to vanquish any doubt: The Tea Party movement will continue its seismic remaking of the political landscape.

But the movement’s appeal is being severely tested from New England to California as Democrats use the brand to portray these Republicans as unbending purists responsible for Washington’s uberpartisan gridlock.

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