An excerpt from the article at Fox News -
The tea party has so far been reluctant to endorse either candidate, but movement leaders told FoxNews.com on Sunday that Hayworth was likely their preferred choice.
“At this point, J.D. Hayworth probably has a bigger following,” said Sal Russo, a Republican strategist from Sacramento, Calif, and chief strategist of the Tea Party Express.
Russo said the movement has declined to make a formal endorsement largely because of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a tea party favorite who kicked off the bus tour in Searchlight with a speech calling for Reid and the Democrats to be “fired.”
McCain has called on Palin, his running mate during the 2008 presidential election, to campaign for him in the months leading up to the Aug. 24th Arizona Senate primary.
“We knew Governor Palin would be campaigning there and so we didn’t want to detract from her activities in any way,” Russo said. “We’re just trying to be respectful of her.”