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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Jamie Radtke gets backing of tea party group she headed

With five days left until the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Jamie Radtke has gotten the public endorsement of the tea party group she used to head.
Jamie Radtke won the backing of a tea party group in her race for the Senate. (Steve Helber/AP)
The executive committee of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots announced Thursday that it was supporting Radtke over her three opponents — former governor George Allen, Del. Robert G. Marshall (Prince William) and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson — in the race for the GOP nod to face former governor Timothy M. Kaine (D) this November.

Radtke is the former leader of the Tea Party Patriots, a federation of 40 groups from around the state.

“Radtke, a Washington outsider and dedicated mother of three, offers Virginians the best leadership option to challenge the toxic policies of overspending and surging debt levels that are rapidly strangling our country as well as our children and grandchildren’s future,” the patriots group said in its endorsement, without mentioning any of Radtke’s opponents.

Allen, who has also gotten the backing of some tea party groups in the state, is considered the heavy favorite in Tuesday’s primary.

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