Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told CNN Wednesday that he has instructed his staff to devote resources and money to help Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.
Specifically, Steele said that he has emphasized to the RNC's finance staff the need to help set up fundraisers to help stock O'Donnell's campaign war chest. O'Donnell, with the help of Tea Party activists, defeated establishment favorite Mike Castle Tuesday in the Republican Senate primary.
Steele has reached out to O'Donnell, and as of early Wednesday afternoon had not yet connected with her.
Steele began a 48 state bus tour Wednesday heading into the November elections.
(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's rallying around Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell.
The past and possible future Republican White House hopeful Wednesday endorsed O'Donnell, a conservative commentator who upset moderate Republican Rep. Mike Castle in Tuesday's primary.
Romney's Free and Strong America PAC endorsed O'Donnell and is sending her a campaign maximum $5,000 contribution.
"Now is the time for Republicans to rally behind their nominee, Christine O'Donnell. She ran an impressive campaign. I believe it is important we support her so we can win back the U.S. Senate this fall," said Romney in a statement.
Romney's political action committee has endorsed or donated money to fellow Republicans running for office this year in around 40 states, and the PAC has contributed over $650,000 to candidates and party committees this cycle.
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(CNN) - Despite primary election blows to Republican establishment candidates, House GOP Leader John Boehner said Wednesday he is not surprised by the results.
"You have heard me talk all year about the rebellion that is going on in America. I have never seen more Americans engaged in our government in my lifetime," Boehner said Wednesday at his first weekly press conference since returning from the summer recess.
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(CNN) - Once upon a time, back after Barack Obama's impressive 2008 presidential win, defeated and depressed Republicans had to do something to prove they still had a pulse. So leaders went out of their way - and it wasn't easy - to recruit stellar, well-known, GOP candidates for Senate: a governor in Charlie Crist of Florida, a secretary of state in Trey Grayson of Kentucky, a seasoned and popular congressman in Mike Castle of Delaware.
At the time, it seemed like a really good plan. And it got even better when President Obama and his jolly band of congressional Democrats shepherded through some controversial, and unpopular, legislation. Huge bills to reform health care and stimulate the economy played right into the GOP wheelhouse: too much government, too much spending.
(CNN) - In Delaware's Senate race, the upset on the Republican side of the ticket has been a boon for the Democrat. A campaign aide tells CNN Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons raised $40-50,000 online in the two to three hours after word broke that the Tea Party-backed Republican Christine O'Donnell would be his challenger.
The campaign also expects plenty of help from the White House. According to the aide, Vice President Biden called Coons last night and they expect the Vice President, whose seat Coons is trying to win, to campaign for him just as he did during the primary. Aides say President Obama also has an open invitation.
Coons is the county executive for Delaware's largest population center, New Castle county; until O'Donnell became the Repubilcan nominee, he was considered a longshot.
Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer left open the possibility Wednesday that Democrats could consider proposals to extend tax cuts to upper income taxpayers.
"I'm always, as you know, prepared to discuss alternatives so we can move forward," Hoyer said at his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill.
But Hoyer repeatedly argued for President Obama's proposal – legislation that would just extend tax cuts for those making $250,000 a year and under.
"I've made my position very clear, Hoyer said, adding, "The President's position is the position that I think makes sense for working people, for our economy, and for long term concerns we have about the deficit."
(CNN) – The campaign of former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Mike Castle says there is "zero" chance he endorses his formal rival Christine O'Donnell.
According to Kate Dickens, spokeswoman for the Castle for Senate Campaign there is also, "zero chance that he endorses Coons."
After winning the GOP primary Tuesday night, Christine O'Donnell will face Democrat Chris Coons in the November general election.
Dickens told CNN that O'Donnell will not receive Castle's endorsement because of "the personal attacks on him and his family."
Washington (CNN) – Just got off the phone with top Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf, and like other White House allies I've spoken to today he's just positively euphoric the morning after the choice voters now have in Delaware after Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell's stunning Tuesday night victory in the Republican Senate primary.
"The Republicans basically gave away a Senate seat," Elmendorf practically yelled into the telephone. "This woman can not win. Just look at the tone of what the NRSC and Karl Rove said."
Indeed, the National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not give O'Donnell any money after she knocked off their preferred candidate, moderate Rep. Mike Castle. And Rove is suggesting O'Donnell has "serious character problems" that will likely throw Vice President Joe Biden's old Senate seat into the hands of Democratic nominee Chris Coons.
Top White House aides largely agree with Elmendorf - and oddly enough Rove too - that Democrats have just taken back a Senate seat that was probably lost if Castle had won the primary. He had been elected statewide about a dozen times as governor and Congressman, while O'Donnell is a wild card.
Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee's up with a new website, which includes a new logo and slogan.
The DNC unveiled Democrats.Org Wednesday morning. The logo is a capitol D in light blue surrounded by a darker blue circle. The slogan is "CHANGE THAT MATTERS," which the party says highlights what they call their many accomplishments since President Barack Obama took over in the White House and Democrats expanded their majorities in Congress.
The site also includes an easier way for people to learn more about the Democratic lawmakers and candidates in their states and districts. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine is expected to give more details about the website when he speaks later Tuesday at an event at George Washington University in Washington.
The new website is part of a push by the party to try to help soften what could be blows to their majorities in the House and Senate in November's midterm elections.