Delaware primary election results 2010: Christine O'Donnell beats Mike Castle
In a shocking upset, marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell has beaten Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary. As Karen Tumulty reports, O'Donnell's win has sent a strong message to the Republican establishment:
The tea party's parting shot at the Republican establishment was their loudest.In defeating the GOP's strong prospect for picking up a Senate seat in Delaware - thereby dampening its chances of regaining a Senate majority - the tea party has delivered a clear message to the Republican establishment: You are not in charge.
"This is about changing the system," Christine O'Donnell, the tea party pick, said Tuesday night as she celebrated her stunning primary victory over Rep. Michael N. Castle.
Mike Castle's camp expressed dismay and confusion at the defeat, as Felicia Somnez reports:
The day after O'Donnell's win, feelings among Team Castle were still raw toward O'Donnell, some of whose supporters, Castle aides said, had "been calling our offices and saying disgusting things all day."
"It's certainly sad to think that someone with her level of character and integrity, compared to Mike Castle's level of character and integrity, could be seen as a respectable candidate by so many people," said Kate Dickens, Castle's communications director. "It's absolutely confusing, for sure."
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Delaware election results are certified by the state Department of Elections.
Washington Post staff
| September 14, 2010; 8:48 AM ET
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