September 14th, 2010
04:04 AM ET
12 years ago

Internal warfare in the Delaware Republican party

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Rep. Mike Castle finds himself in a tight primary race with Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell in Delaware's GOP U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday."]

(CNN) - Nine-term Republican Congressman Mike Castle finds himself in a tight primary race with TV commentator and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell in Delaware's Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday.

In the closing days of the primary campaign, O'Donnell has gotten a boost with an endorsement by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and more than $150,000 in late spending from the Tea Party Express. All this has the Republican establishment worried that O'Donnell could take down the Republican they believe is best positioned to win in November.

O'Donnell has positioned herself as a conservative gate-crasher.

"We're breaking up the backroom deals," she told CNN. "We're restoring the political process back to the hands of the people." She refers to Castle as the "anointed one."

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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Mike Castle
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Larry

    I absolutely love it
    The Republicans build their Frankenstein (The Tea Party), and it turns on and eats their own
    How deserving !

    September 14, 2010 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  2. Marie MD

    The rethugs are eating themselves like hungry animals. Love it!
    As long as they allow the half term imbecilic governor to get involved in state races throughout the country, of which she knows nothing about, this will continue to happen.
    The teabaggers are the ones who feel anointed. Like they are the salvation of the country with their hatred and bigotry and lies.
    At least we in MD are smarter than to follow her advice.

    September 14, 2010 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  3. Tom in Delaware

    O'Donnell is in favor of repealing ObamaCare....Castle and Coons are not....there is a huge Health Care community in Delaware (World-Renowned Medical Centers and Catholic Hospitals) and nobody who works in the field wants to see ObamaCare come to fruition.

    A vote for Castle is a vote for ObamaCare....that's why Christine O'Donnell is going to win this race.

    That's why all the 'experts' are wrong....Christine O'Donnell can (and will) win the General election....just like all the other Tea Party candidates for Senate around the Untied States are going to defeat their opponents.

    Go Christine....Go Tea Party.

    September 14, 2010 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  4. Clwyd

    As a former republican turned democrat I love to see the party that was kidnapped by the extreme right wing, tearing itself apart. Hopefully to rid itself of these nuts who now call themselves republicans and are nothing more than old racist right wing extremists. They are bringing us close to the National Socialism of the Nazi's!

    September 14, 2010 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  5. Steve, New York City

    A conservative gate-crasher – what does that mean??? Pro-gun extremist, anti-science extremist (global warming doesn't exist), a pro-life extremist (yet they'll staunchly support the death penalty and are EXTREMELY PRO-WAR, but only if the people we are bombing are not white), and on middle east policy, they are even to the right of those AIPAC fiends (they're uncompromising pro-Likud extremists, as this fits with their "juvenile" evangelical views).

    Wow – a great recipe for the USA to march back into the 18th century. I truly hope that the "rational right wing" fights back hard (for the sake of our country).

    September 14, 2010 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  6. stevegee

    It's time for Castle to retire. Vote O'Donnell.

    And wake up people across the country! Stop Obama, Pelosi and Reid from turning our country into a Socialist nightmare.

    In November, vote a straight Republican ticket.

    September 14, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |