(CNN) - South Carolina voters sent a clear message Saturday to the GOP's Yankee frontrunner: not so fast.
Any hopes Mitt Romney had of bringing a quick end to the Republican presidential contest died in the Palmetto State. Newt Gingrich's easy win capped the worst week of the campaign so far for the former Massachusetts governor.
(CNN) – CNN senior political analyst David Gergen said Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell's Delaware upset could spell trouble for the Republican Party.
O'Donnell knocked off former governor and nine-time U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in the GOP Senate primary on Tuesday.
"It's the clearest rebellion we've had all season. The biggest anti-establishment vote that's occurring against Republican candidates," Gergen said.
"One clear result out of Delaware is the chances of Republicans now gaining the Senate have gone down significantly. Delaware was an automatic pickup for Republicans before Mike Castle went down," he said.
Is Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel in for the fight of his life? It depends who you ask.
The 20-term New York incumbent, plagued by ethics charges, faces five challengers in the Democratic primary.
Redstate.com editor Erick Erickson told CNN that while the national media might paint the race as a tight one, the local press thinks Rangel is a safe bet.
"I've talked to a number of people who live in NY-15, his district, and no one there thinks he's going to be thrown out," he said. "Everyone it seems like in Washington and people I've talked to outside of his district think he's probably in for a fight for his life, but I know very few people who live in or around his district who think that."
(CNN) - Shortly after Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell had been projected as the winner over establishment candidate Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary, the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued this statement:
"We congratulate Christine O'Donnell for her nomination this evening after a hard-fought primary campaign in Delaware." – Rob Jesmer, NRSC executive director
"Usually, there's a second sentence in statements like these," said CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby, in which the committee promises to campaign for the party's candidate.
"The NRSC statement appears as tepid as the Republican Governors Association's initial statement following Rick Scott's victory in Florida," said CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser.
Outsider Scott defeated party favorite Bill McCollum in August in Florida's gubernatorial primary.
(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.