O’Donnell thanks Tea-Party Express in victory

    Victory is a defeat for established GOP candidate

    Christine O’Donnell who four years ago received 2,500 votes in a write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate is the Republican nominee in the November 2nd general election.  She will face off against New Castle County Executive Chris Coons to fill the remainder of the term won by Joe Biden in 2008.

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    O’Donnell called her victory one that validates her conservative principals.  She told supporters in Dover “it’s not a campaign, it’s a cause.”  O’Donnell won by over 3,500 over Congressman Mike Castle.  She did it without the support of the Delaware republican hierarchy, which basically told voters that a vote for O’Donnell would put the Senate seat in the Democrats hands in November.  That’s when the Tea-Party Express came out for O’Donnell.  They poured $250,000 worth of advertising into Delaware to support her.  She received the support of conservative talk show hosts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.   Sarah Palin also came out to specifically support O’Donnell in the remaining days of the campaign.

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