September 15th, 2010
09:16 AM ET
4 years ago

Preston: Final act begins in 2010 election

Washington (CNN) - The curtain slammed down on the 2010 primaries Tuesday night crushing centrist Republican Rep. Mike Castle and handing the Tea Party movement a final victory in its battle with the GOP establishment.

Castle's upset loss to Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell was the exclamation point on a bitter and bruising primary season that saw seven incumbents lose re-election and angry political bases turn deaf ears to national leaders.

Republican Sens. Robert Bennett of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska fell to Tea Party candidates as did South Carolina GOP Rep. Bob Inglis. West Virginia Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan could not convince voters to re-nominate him for a 15th term, while Michigan Democratic Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick failed in her bid for an eighth term.

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  1. Phil in KC

    On the one hand, I think it's great that all these right-wing wackos are winning nominations, since I believe it will enhance the Democrats' chances in the fall.
    On the other hand, if enough fools vote for these morons simply because they want to 'throw the bums out', this country could be in for some real dark times.

    September 15, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Politicians that refuse to listen to the will of their constituants need to be defeated! Period!

    September 15, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. rob

    The clock is ticking for all the washington insiders, both Repubs and especially Democrats. The "conventional wisdom" says that these Tea Party people can't be elected but the mood in the country is such that the status quo will not be tollerated.

    The people need to send a LOUD message on Nov. 2nd, I hope Washington will hear it.

    September 15, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She won't win the general election. Geesh! Listen to what her former campaign manager said about her. This lady has an ethics scandal going on and hasn't even been elected to office yet. Using campaign donations to pay for rent and personal expenses. Sounds like Rubio and the infamous credit card scheme.

    September 15, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. g

    good-buy- health care -unemploymentinsurance-social security-regulations- and oil companys willnot be held acountablefor anything,oil leaksto drinking watergood buy to medicare,and get your kids ready for the religous war with muslin countries

    September 15, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. jamarsu

    HAHAHAHA. Bye Bye Republicans.

    September 15, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Eric in Denver

    A good victory for the conservative party. Castle is a RINO and we don't need any more of those in the party to advance true conservative values. Castle would be another Arlen Specter.

    September 15, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Don from Delaware

    The air-head party is taking over America. I can't wait for Palin and Glen Beck to fill the GOP presidential ticket!! Whoopee, the dumbing of America!

    September 15, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Steve in CT

    One would think she'd call Palin to thank her for the endorsement without which she'd never have one.

    September 15, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Mike

    But Karl, O'Donnell has that same syrup-sick perkiness...that shrill, shrieking voice...and, I'll bet a heck of a wink....just like our idol, Sarah Palin.

    What's not to like in a wind-up doll on Red Bull, incapable of an original thought? The important thing is that we get mindless idiots to represent us...after all, they're just like us!

    September 15, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Orlando Patriot

    The Republican Party NEEDS to recognize that we Conservatives are TIRED of being asked to vote for RINO's simply to try and increase numbers. A "Castle" is no different than a "Reid" and whether they have an "R" or a "D" no longer matters. We are NO LONGER going to vote for politicians that believe bigger government and higher taxes is the solution.

    Like Ronald Reagan once said "Government is not the answer to your problem, Government IS the problem!!". We are asked to vote for moderates "because if we con't liberals will have power". Well? Where has that gotten us? We will no longer do that. If liberals want to continue KILLING this country and economy then have at it. But it will be with a bunch of Democrats and they cannot blame Republicans anymore. Republicans going forward will be either be Conservatives or they will not be at all......

    September 15, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. malabar

    How dare voters choose representatives the corrupt and arrogant lifers the hill oppose. 7 incumbents is small potatoes, the real test comes in november. either way, all pigs shud take notice. look down on us all u want. hate us. believe u are a god on earth. get rich off of us. because the more of prick or beotch that u are, the sweeter it will be to see u fall

    September 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |