SC GOP abandons plans to create 'tea party' group

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Republican Party is abandoning plans to create a "tea party" organization within its ranks.

State Republican Party chairwoman Karen Floyd said Monday that a deal between the Greenville County GOP and nearly two dozen tea party groups in the Upstate would be a model that could be adopted around the state.

Those groups had been concerned that the GOP would control their agenda.

Instead, Floyd says the groups have come up with some common goals they share. Those goals include the GOP becoming more conservative and bringing more people into precinct-level organizations.

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