Tea Party Fueling Bristol Palin's "DWTS" Run?

Bristol Palin competed in season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars" and reached the finals, finishing in third place. AP Photo/ABC

Bristol Palin, left, and partner Mark Ballas perform on "Dancing with the Stars," Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, in Los Angeles.
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NEW YORK (CBS) After Tuesday night's "Dancing with the Stars" elimination, many were surprised that Rick Fox was sent home - and equally as shocked that Bristol Palin is still in the competition.

Some may be wondering if her mother's devoted Tea Party following is what's keeping the young competitor afloat.

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Palin and partner Mark Ballas have consistently ranked near the bottom of the leaderboard throughout the competition, but viewers' votes have helped the pair outlast high-scorers like Fox and Audrina Patridge, who was eliminated last week to the surprise of both judges and viewers.

Besides Palin, the other remaining contestants are Kyle Massey, Brandy, Jennifer Grey and Kurt Warner.

Do you think the Tea Party is behind Palin's "DWTS" success? And will the momentum propel her into the finals? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

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