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New Year 2012 End Of Line For Liberals: Tea party looks for strength in numbers in U.S. Senate

With polls showing the movement's popularity sagging, tea party members from across the country are warning that anyone who thinks they are sleeping in 2012 is in for a rude awakening come Election Day, when they plan to pick up where they left off in 2010 by bolstering their voices for limited government on Capitol Hill.

The goal, they say, is simple: Reinforce their numbers in the House and elect enough "constitutional conservatives" to end the Democrats' six-year reign over the Senate.

"The Senate is at a tipping point," said Ted Cruz, a tea-party-backed candidate who is seeking the seat being vacated bySen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican.