A new Democratic ad tying Newt Gingrich to the tea party might actually be benefiting him in the primary.

The ad, intended to portray Gingrich as pandering to the far right, calls the former House speaker the “original tea partier.”

Amy Kremer, the chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, said today that she’s gotten “a number of emails” from supporters who say they think Gingrich has better standing among them because of it.

Gingrich has been involved with the tea party since practically the beginning of the movement, said Kremer, who started organizing tea partiers in Atlanta, where Gingrich represented a district when he was in the House.

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