(CNN) – "We were victorious."
Those are the words of Republican and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.
Even though she lost the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Chris Coons, O'Donnell told her supporters tonight, "We were victorious because the Delaware political system will never be the same. That's a great thing." She immediately added, "The Republican party will never be the same. And that's a good thing."
O'Donnell surprised the Republican political establishment with her September primary win over long-time Delaware Republican congressman and former Governor Mike Castle.
"This whole campaign is about putting the political process back into your hands," O'Donnell said. She predicted the party leadership in Delaware will be drastically different from now on: "Our elected officials will be held accountable by their constituents, like it or not."
One of the people O'Donnell intends to hold accountable is the man who defeated her. She told the crowd when she called Chris Coons tonight, she asked him to watch her nearly 30-minute commercial, "so that he can see what's going on in Delaware the way I have." She continued, "We can only hope and pray that he chooses to go against his party leadership and do what's right for the people of Delaware."
No surprise: Senator-elect Chris Coons sees things differently. During his victory speech, Coons told supporters, "The people of Delaware have said that our ideas... are the right ones to grow our economy and to get this state and our people back on track." He added, "You sent a message that the politics of "no," the politics of division, the politics of negativity have no place in this great state."
Pointing to fellow Democrat John Carney, who won today's election for Delaware's seat in the House of Representatives, Coons said, "You want us to level with you. You want us to go the Washington and tackle the tough challenges that face our country. You want us to work hard for you and you want us to make hard choices for you."
Coons told the crowd, "Tonight I pledge to you that I will work tirelessly to get our nation back on track."