September 14th, 2010
09:51 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell unlikely to get national party money

Christine O'Donnell won the Delaware GOP Senate primary Tuesday.
Christine O'Donnell won the Delaware GOP Senate primary Tuesday.

(CNN) – Do not expect national Republicans to rally around Christine O'Donnell and infuse much needed campaign cash into her campaign for Delaware's open Senate seat. The Tea Party favorite upset establishment backed Rep. Mike Castle Tuesday evening, and GOP officials are concerned that O'Donnell has no chance of winning the seat – once held by Vice President Biden for 26 years – in November.

"Until she demonstrates some viability in the polls we are not going to have any money for her," a top Republican official told CNN. "It is now incumbent on Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint and the Tea Party Express to help support her. They got her here. Now make it happen."


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Marty, FL

    I would not blame any sensible Republicans for not backing O'Donnell after the deplorably homophobic & dishonest campaign O'Donnell ran against Castle. Delawareans surely deserve better.

    September 14, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. USA 1

    Another right-wing Tea Party/GOP wahhabist...

    September 14, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. jbakaregit

    As Dick Cheney would say, "Stuff happens."

    You created this monster GOP on top of trying to obstruct everything the Dems try to do to get this country back on track. This lady makes Palin look like Abraham Lincoln.

    Obama/Biden/Dems 2010/2012

    September 14, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. kmp

    Love it absoultuly love it how quick they are to abandon the very cause they support.

    September 14, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  5. Jimh77

    She don't need GOP $$ Screw em. We the people will fund her and kick all you GOP'rs out of office and sent you HOME! Where you all belong. The Party of NO, and NO IDEA. Screw you all GOP!

    September 14, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  6. WE THE PEOPLE!

    THERE HAD BETTER BE $$!! FIGHT ON FOR O'DONNELL and WE THE PEOPLE!!!!! Michael Steele better get his butt in Delaware!!!!

    There is already a movement of FED UP PEOPLE against both party establishments!! WE SAW THIS TONIGHT!!! MICHAEL STEELE???? YOU HAD BETTER WORK ON O'DONNELL'S BEHALF, PAL!!! I WILL DEMAND MY $$ BACK FROM THE RNC!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. donh

    "Until she demonstrates some viability in the polls we are not going to have any money for her," a top Republican official told CNN.

    1. It's not their money. It belongs to their conservative donors. Contributors should demand their money be refunded.
    2. O'Donnell has demonstrated viability in the polls–tonight.
    3. This is another attempt to keep professional politicians in control.
    Enough already!

    September 14, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. really?

    Not surprised she won, primary voters...but if she wins the general, to scared to think about it. I'd rather have my dog win.

    September 14, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    Good! That is all I can say! I pray that voters show more intelligence in November than to vote for a nothing and know nothing as O'Donnell. If she is so good to win then I hope she can keep track of money better than she did her own house and bills! Stupid voters!

    September 14, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. olmc222

    good old RNC!! That's why all us Republicans are starting to become independents. The people voted for her, she won fair and square shouldn't they be supporting her? I hope she wins without their money, than we can all say FU to the RNC and show how money shouldn't have anything to do with politics!

    September 14, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    Congratulations to Ms. O'Donnell so far. Let's hope she gets the help she needs.
    This reaction to Obama is a beautiful showing of America as it really is.
    I know that one lady, Christine O'Donnell is proud to be an American tonight, and so am I–uh, not sure what's going on at the White House, though.

    September 14, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. Riley

    This means the Dems will win at least 100 seats in November. Dems 2010!

    September 14, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. sean

    Thanks for nothing Tea Party!! Now we have lost a shot at the senate and you will probably let Reid keep his seat. I was son happy about Nov 2 not so much anymore.

    September 14, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  14. Bob

    Demint, Palin and their ilk may just be out of it enough to throw more money at a candidate who seems to have the intelligence and instincts of G.W. Bush.

    September 14, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. Riley

    The tea party is to far to the right for middle America. Over turning SS,Medicare Medicaid,Health care,degulations of unsafe and filty businesses. This is scary politics. Dems 2010 for 100 seats!

    September 14, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Steve

    I'll be glad to give whatever I was going to donate directly to candidates that stand up against the political class. Already gave $200 to Scott Brown (yeah I know he's more like Castle then O'Donnell quit trying to change the subject). The republican party has more to lose than the tea party. The word is disintermediation. If the republican party leadership is really smart they'll get behind O'Donnell in a big way whether they think she can win or not.

    September 14, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. Michael S

    See Republicans this is where the Tea Party leads you. Nevada should have been an easy win and Delaware should have been very competitive. Instead Nevada is a tossup and Delaware is looking out of reach because of extremist candidates.

    September 14, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. Jess C

    OMG....amazing! Best news for the Dems yet. Has anyone actually seen what this woman is all about and where she came from? Talk about looney tune....it would be difficult to cast a vote for this nutjob just because you're pissed, but seems these voters did. Thank you from the Dems, once again.

    September 14, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. Rob

    I am a conservative, not a republican, and this is one of the reasons. The Republican Party does not operate any differently than the Democratic Party and quite honestly hurts the conservative movement more than anything!!! I hope they do not give her a dime because I know I for one will send in my multiple donations and I do not live anywhere near but we need to send the RNC a message loud and clear!!!! And that message is they do not represent true conservatives!!!

    September 14, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Tara

    ok what??? no body came out to vote about 50,000 for the whole state turn out is everything people

    September 14, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. Marvin

    The “establishment Republicans” are fools if they don’t support the “new Republicans” that represent working and tax paying Americans….

    September 14, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  22. Rick

    That's okay, WE THE PEOPLE will send money DIRECTLY to candidates that will undo the damage the Left has done. That "high-up" Republican needs to be tossed out along with Castle! All of my conservative friends will not send any money to the National Repuke Party.

    September 14, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  23. Marissa

    The dumbing of America. This Palin wannabe.... is just as unworthy of the office as Palin was

    September 14, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. Dave

    She will in a land slide. First she is real cute and secondly but most importantly she talks of the Constitution and its mandate on limited Government. This monster, has to be realed in. Our Government is just too big and wasteful and not at all representive of the people`s wishes. The people have said NO to amnesty for the illegals way too many times to have it shoved down our throats like they are trying now. We will take our revenge out on those that dont listen. The people dont trust ANY Democrat. PERIOD. They dont trust but about half of the Repubs. The people are pis sed off. And all the liberals at CNN and anywhere else better get used to it.

    September 14, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  25. Ray

    By defeating the Republican Party's candidate of choice, I'd say O'Donnell has already established the "poll viability" the Republicans are (or should be) looking for.

    If the candidate they backed couldn't beat someone with supposedly no viability, what does that say about the party, and the candidates they endorse? So much for the will of the people.

    September 14, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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