Tea Party members have been voting for Republicans for more than three decades, but this year the party is trying to win over younger voters.
On the eve of the party’s national convention in Tampa, Fla., the tea party leader, Matt Kibbe, said the party needs to broaden its appeal to women, blacks, Hispanics, and young people.
“The more you look at the demographics, the more you see the issues that resonate,” he said.
While he was speaking, he said the Tea Party has attracted the support of women, minorities, and people of color, and he wants to make that happen in the primary and general elections.
The Republican Party is the third-largest in the United States, after the Democratic Party and the Independent Party.
Democrats have an advantage in delegates, but Tea Party supporters say they are not intimidated by the party.
President Donald Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly called the Tea party a “cancer” and a “fraud” that needs to be removed.
Tea Party leaders, however, say they’re not intimidated and have raised more than $40 million for the party, with $15 million coming from Tea Party organizations.
As part of a plan to broaden the party base, Tea Party leaders want to target younger voters and women.
In the Tampa Bay area, the tea partiers plan to hold their first Tea Party event in a strip mall next to a Wal-Mart, with a party that will feature a $1,000-a-plate buffet and a $10,000 “bungie” game.
To raise money for the convention, the Tea Partiers will be holding a series of “Tea Party Party Meetings” in neighborhoods throughout Tampa.
They will also be holding fundraisers in Tampa to raise money, according to the tea parties website.
When asked if Tea Party candidates are being asked to leave their districts, Mr. Kibb said, “We’re not being asked, and we’re not going to stop that.”