September 14th, 2010
11:51 PM ET
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Tea Party Express, Palin also big winners in Delaware

 Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express have endorsed a number of winning primary candidates.
Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express have endorsed a number of winning primary candidates.

(CNN) - Christine O'Donnell's upset win over Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary is also another major victory for the Tea Party Express and for Sarah Palin.

"I also want to thank the Tea Party Express," said O'Donnell in her victory speech Tuesday night.

The Tea Party Express, a leading Tea Party organization, endorsed O'Donnell on July 21 and spent more than $250,000 to help the once long shot candidate defeat Castle, a brand name in Delaware thanks to two terms as governor and the past 18 years as the statewide congressman.

O'Donnell's victory comes two weeks after Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded to Joe Miller in Alaska's GOP Senate primary. The Tea Party Express pumped in about $600,000 to help the once unknown Miller edge out Murkowski, part of a political dynasty in Alaska.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. The New Conservative Party Emerges

    Fed up with the dems and repubs. Join the new party in town.

    September 14, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  2. Muttdog

    Come on Sarah. We need more Joe the plumbers, Joe six packs, and more Russia views. Split the republicant party and make it easier for the dems.

    September 14, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  3. John

    The dumbing-down of America.

    September 15, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  4. Snow

    Man don't you just love it, the Tea Party and Governor Palin were the big winners "again". The NRSC does not want to fund O'Donnell's campaign in Delaware so I guess the Tea Party people will send their checks, money orders, cash or whatever straight to O'Donnell and just totally skip the NRSC. The NRSC nor the DNC tells voters how to vote except for the DNC tells liberals how to vote with stick figures and crayons.

    September 15, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    As we see more and more Tea party candidiates become actual candidates for Senate, House or Governor, it will be evident that these people are center right or very right Republicans.
    In those states or districts where it was said previously Democratic voting Independents may vote Republican, will now turn out to be less significant where tea party candidates have won.
    Delaware is an example where castle would have been a big contender to win the senate seat from Democrats. I now see little chance of that in Delaware.
    Not as clear in other places but this Tea Party trend will lower Republican gains in my opinion.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    September 15, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    In 2003, Christine O'Donnell claimed she was working towards a Master's degree from Princeton University – even though she only earned her BACHELORs this year! (She'd audited a class from Princeton ... which I guess is the same thing are working towards your Master's ...)

    She also sued her former employer, the conservative non-profit group, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, for $6.95 million because she had been demoted and fired because of her gender, specifically, because of ISI's conservative philosophy that women must be subordinate to men. ISI says she was fired because she operated a for-profit business while working for them.

    This is the best the GOP has to offer? Yet another pretty-on-the-outside, dimwitted woman who whines and complains and blames other people for her failings?

    No wonder Palin endorsed her ...

    September 15, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Has anyone considered that maybe the money enfufsed in these campaigns by the Tea Party and NOT Ms Palin are the reasons for these wins?
    Why does she get any credit for saying she likes someone? If they had not balnketed the airwaves and mail with this woman, would she have still won? No.
    This is check book politics and nothing more.

    September 15, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  8. Reginald L. Walker

    When you choose the lesser of two evils, you still choose evil. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party is the GOP in drag.

    September 15, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  9. Quit Lying

    What the media won't tell you is this : These "Tea Partiers" that are winning have nothing to do with Sarah Palin. This situation has everything to do with Ron Paul, but they won't bring up his name. They think he is "too extreme".

    What i find extreme is 2 illegal, endless wars, torture,corruption, bailouts, bribes, massive debt, etc. Give Ron Paul his due, he stood up to all the globalists(by himself) and now you want to cheapen what he accomplished by giving credit to some palin lady? Shame on you.........

    September 15, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  10. Francisco Cardenas

    Sarah Palin is going to destroy the Republican Party as vengeance for the fact that so many intelligent GOP voters would not support McCain because of HER!

    September 15, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. Steve in Denver

    Jeez. The good team beating o'donnel in November will be easier than beating Castle, so that is good. But that gives the dim bulb quitter another 15 minutes of fame. We'll have to listen to more of her incoherent babble, her outright lies, and lectures to the rest of the world.

    In her recent twitter tiff (twiff?) with Arnold, she lectured him to land his plane so she could show him sound fiscal policy. Really? The governor who quit her term in a state that gets $6 back for every $1 in federal taxes collected in her state, with oil money pouring out of the ground, you're going to lecture a man who took on and stayed in a tough job? You, the half term quitter who left to get rich taking on a man who gave up good acting money to solve problems?

    If only she'd go away! And no, neocon retards who post here, I am not afraid of palin. Enough of the American people have seen what a greedy, oportunistic, lying, dim bulb she is. Palin will never get elected president.

    September 15, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  12. Renea

    What do these tea party candidates really stand for besides less government,really i mean less help for people that really need help from the federal government like food stamps, AFDC, financial aide unemployement benefits i mean what do you mean by less government? forget about trying to teach the other party a lesson by voting for the other guy; regardless of what they stand for .not only be careful what you wish for but be careful what who vote for.

    September 15, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  13. Chris

    Oh, let these yokels have their day in the sun. Thinking people will save us from these people who are scared/angry about a black man being the boss... Big deal, you won a primary, can't wait to see her debate and use god, guns and god like 500 times instead of answering the question... Just ask Palin, if you are getting your bump from that quitting loser then you are on the road to nowhere...

    September 15, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  14. Kathryn

    Is it just me, or does anyone else feel nauseous whenever they see the name Sarah Palin?

    September 15, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  15. Foxfan

    I don't agree with this one her poll is so low how can they not see that??????

    September 15, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  16. CBR

    Sarah Palin is a very strong woman who is not afraid of anyone or anything. That being said you have to look at her views of American life and politics. She really has provided the power and energy that is shown by the TEA Party. Unfortunately, all of this will mean some big changes in politics.

    I am not sure that McConnell and Boehner will be able to control these politicians. They are not Republicans who are going to be led in one direction or the other. They will be strongly independent and thoughtful like Scott Brown or they will be linked together and voting like a bloc. It remains to be seen if they will still follow Palin after they are elected.

    September 15, 2010 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  17. Barb

    Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Saaa.....CNN GIVE US A BREAK. I mean it. I read this crap day after day about how Sarah Palin walks on water according to you at CNN and I want to puke.

    I can only hope that you are working under an alterative motive to assure us that a Democrate will take the next Presidential election.

    Now, if that's the case I bow before you because Sarah Palin is an idots dream of Presidential material. A close second to her is her almost son- in- law running for Mayor of Wasila. How alike can two people be? You betcha, two peas in a pod.

    September 15, 2010 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  18. Marry

    Tea Party Express, Palin “also” big winners in (for?) Delaware???? Take a look at Christine O'Donnell and some of her “Ideas” on YouTube if you missed it in the media. Ask for a debate between the candidates where there are issues debated/discussed. Get to know her beyond the little short “Sound bites” the “conservative candidates” like to fool you with. Please, inform yourself about her record, her credibility, her trustworthiness, her stand on issues that are important to you and the country! If you then still find that she will do ANYTHING useful for you, your State and the US go ahead and vote for her. But don’t do it because of emotions or a pretty smile – do it informed and you probably come to the conclusion that SHE will not be the candidate you want to see in the Senate representing you. Don’t be extreme, be smart! The two usually do not go well together.

    September 15, 2010 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  19. Marissa

    Dont give that ding a ling so much credit. People are so desperate for our government to work for them they are voting for anyone who seems different.

    September 15, 2010 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  20. Jason

    The Tea Party is just the gift that keeps on giving; only the loonies will actually vote for them this November.

    September 15, 2010 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  21. AirTuan

    Gov Palin is not a threat to democrat in a general election. However, she is the real threat to the Las Vegas betting line since she has a very good winning record on her endorsement picks. Good Picking Governor!

    September 15, 2010 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  22. Dave

    Hopefully the Republican start to get it that voters' outrage is real. The Democrats being in power for six years and still thinking that empty unfulfilled worlds of "change" and other quick bangs will work, for sure will not get it!!!! Change in our own hands!!!! Home grown change !!!! No more politicians as usual !!! No more dressing mediocre candidates as the saviors !!!! No more media control over what and who will be elected !!!

    September 15, 2010 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  23. Common sense

    The Republican Party is a dying breed.

    September 15, 2010 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  24. e-man

    Big wins now for Palin backed candidates will HOPEFULLY equal big wins for Dems in November.

    Who would vote for these wack jobs to go to DC?

    WHO?

    I know it is sad... but there IS a possibility Republicans could pull off wins with Angle and O'Donnell... etc.... but really.

    These Tea Party people are totally NUTS

    I seriously think they need help in the mental department.

    Dems MUST get out and vote, though...

    September 15, 2010 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  25. Daniel

    I love sarah palin....she will help the Democratic party win this November.....Go sarah! Keep endorsing your teabagger loonies and help them win the primaries....so we, the sane, can kick their ass in November.

    September 15, 2010 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
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