September 14th, 2010
09:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party Express statement on O'Donnell victory

(CNN) – The Tea Party Express issued a statement Tuesday night in reaction to Christine O'Donnell's victory in Delaware's GOP Senate primary.

Read the statement, after the jump:
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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Tea Party Express
September 14th, 2010
09:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Request for extended voting denied in DC

D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent Gray's request that voting time be extended due to reports of voting irregularities was denied.
D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent Gray's request that voting time be extended due to reports of voting irregularities was denied.

Washington (CNN) – The hotly contested Democratic mayoral primary in the nation's capital already has claims malfunctioning voting machines and other irregularities could have affected voting results.

But a request from the Vincent Gray for Mayor Campaign asking for extended voting time was denied by the DC Superior Court.

Traci Hughes, press secretary for Gray's campaign, said the campaign asked for extended voting hours because of reports of irregularities at polling stations during the day. The request for an injunction was denied by the DC Superior Court Tuesday evening. Hughes said the Gray campaign was "disappointed" by the decision but would wait for voting results before pressing the issue.

"I don't know at this point if we'll pursue it further," Hughes said. "Of course we're disappointed. But the polls closed half and hour ago and for right now we will just await the results."

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Filed under: Adrian Fenty • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
September 14th, 2010
09:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Menendez reacts to O'Donnell's victory in Delaware

(CNN) - Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman Sen. Robert Menendez issued a statement Tuesday night following Christine O'Donnell's victory in Delaware's GOP Senate primary.

“Tonight Mike Castle became the eighth Republican establishment candidate to be upset by a party in complete turmoil. Instead, Delaware Republicans chose an ultra-right wing extremist who is out of step with Delaware values," Menendez said. "Christine O'Donnell cares more about imposing an extreme social doctrine than addressing the challenges facing working people. Even the Delaware Republican Party Chairman has said O’Donnell is 'not a viable candidate for any office in the state of Delaware,' and 'could not be elected dog catcher.'"

“Tomorrow begins the general election, and Chris Coons is focused like a laser on growing Delaware's middle class. As New Castle County Executive, Chris Coons reformed local government and created jobs. As a United States Senator, he'll do the same in Washington," Menendez added.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • DSCC
September 14th, 2010
09:20 PM ET
4 years ago

NRSC statement on O'Donnell victory

(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement Tuesday night following Christine O'Donnell's victory in Delaware's GOP Senatorial primary.

“We congratulate Christine O’Donnell for her nomination this evening after a hard-fought primary campaign in Delaware," said NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • NRSC
September 14th, 2010
09:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Game on for rematch in Maryland

Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich will win Maryland’s Republican gubernatorial primary and face Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in November.
Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich will win Maryland’s Republican gubernatorial primary and face Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in November.

(CNN) - The rematch is on in Maryland.

CNN projects that former Gov. Robert Ehrlich will win the state's Republican gubernatorial primary. The victory would mean that Ehrlich will now face off in November's general election against Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who defeated Ehrlich in his 2006 bid for re-election for a second term.

In Tuesday's primary, Ehrlich faced off against businessman Brian Murphy, who was backed last month by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

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Filed under: 2010 • Maryland • Robert Ehrlich
September 14th, 2010
09:10 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell wins Delaware GOP Senate primary

(CNN) – TV commentator and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell defeated U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware's Republican U.S. Senate primary Tuesday.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, O'Donnell led Castle 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent, according to The Associated Press.

O'Donnell on Tuesday night thanked her supporters, including Tea Party groups, saying they "rallied everyday Americans outside of the political establishment, [got] them involved and created a grassroots network that made all of this possible."

"Don't ever underestimate the power of we, the people," O'Donnell said to raucous cheers from her supporters. "We, the people, will have our voice heard in Washington, D.C., once again."

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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
September 14th, 2010
09:04 PM ET
4 years ago

ANALYSIS: Robo-calls against O'Donnell should have started sooner, GOP strategist says

 CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

(CNN) - A GOP strategist working on behalf of Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware's GOP primary for Senate said he wishes robo-calls against Tea Party favorite and Castle opponent Christine O'Donnell had been made earlier, according to CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger.

The robo-calls, released by the state GOP, allege that O'Donnell was living off her campaign donations and failed to pay staffers. O'Donnell has denied the allegations.

Some establishment Republicans have said they believe Castle has a better chance of winning the general election, which would let the GOP pick up a seat currently held by Democrats and possibly help Republicans take control of the Senate.

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Filed under: 2010 • Analysis • Delaware • Gloria Borger
September 14th, 2010
08:15 PM ET
4 years ago

DNC continues attack on Boehner

The DNC launched a web site targeting House Minority Leader John Boehner Wednesday.
The DNC launched a web site targeting House Minority Leader John Boehner Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) - Democrats continued to assail House Minority Leader John Boehner Tuesday, unveiling a website that highlights the Ohio congressman's ties to powerful special interest groups.

"Who's Who in Boehnerland" contains an interactive graphic that names lobbyists and details their specific ties to the Ohio congressman.

The site is the Democratic National Committee's latest move in an aggressive effort to paint Boehner as a politician deeply entwined with Washington's powerful special interests.

Facing a potential power shift in Congress after the November midterm elections, Democrats have seized on a New York Times article published Sunday that highlights the next prospective House speaker's ties to corporate lobbyists.

The DNC has also launched two national ads in the last week charging that the Ohio Republican is too close to powerful interest groups in the nation's capital.

But a spokesman for Boehner hit back, telling CNN that the ads are an attack designed to shift the conversation away from the economy.

"Out-of-touch and flailing, Washington Democrats are desperate to change the topic, but the American people won't forget their job-killing record," Michael Steel said.

–CNN Deputy Political Editor Mark Preston contributed to this report


Filed under: DNC • John Boehner
September 14th, 2010
08:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Murkowski: decision by Friday on write-in bid

 Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will make a decision by Friday on whether she’ll launch a write-in campaign for re-election.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will make a decision by Friday on whether she’ll launch a write-in campaign for re-election.

(Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET)

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she'll decide by Friday whether to try an admittedly "difficult" write-in candidacy this fall to keep her seat. Murkowski was defeated in last month's Republican primary by once longshot Joe Miller, who enjoyed the backing and support of Tea Party activists and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Murkowski confirmed in a written statement Tuesday that she will not seek a spot as the Libertarian Party candidate for Senate. The party's nominee said this week he would not step aside following a meeting with her.

In her statement, Murkowski said, "I cannot in good conscience seek the Libertarian nomination" despite advisors and friends urging her to "find a way to get my name printed on a ballot at all costs."

"As disappointed as I am in the outcome of the primary and my belief that the Alaska Republican Party was hijacked by the Tea Party Express, an outside extremist group, I am not going to quit my party. I will not wrap myself in the flag of another political party for the sake of an election at any cost."

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Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski
September 14th, 2010
07:40 PM ET
4 years ago

DOVER, DELAWARE: 'Still biting our nails' O'Donnell says

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7:30 p.m. – Christine O'Donnell is already making herself at home at her primary night headquarters, in an Elks Lodge in Dover. She is doing a round of live interviews – an hour before the polls close. And her aides say we can expect to see a lot of her mingling with the crowd gathered and not just holed up in a private room –as many candidates do– while they await election results.

She says she is exhilarated but knows the result is mostly out of her hands. "We aren't popping any champagne corks yet," and "we are still biting our nails."

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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
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