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(CNN) – Newly-minted Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell is picking her latest battle with Karl Rove, the former top Bush aide who said O'Donnell's surprise victory in the Delaware primary Tuesday does "little good" for the party.
"It's a shame. He is the same so-called political guru that predicted I wasn't going to win," said O'Donnell to ABC in response to Rove. "And we won, and we won big. So I think he is eating some humble pie and trying to restore his reputation.
Speaking on Fox News Tuesday night after O'Donnell's victory was clear, Rove said the political newcomer does not "evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for," adding "there's just a lot of nutty things she's been saying."
"Why did she mislead voters about her college education, how come it took her nearly two decades to pay her college bills so she could get her college degree, how does she make a living, why did she sue a well known and well thought of think tank?" he continued.
Responding directly to those comments, O'Donnell told ABC that "everything that he is saying is unfactual."
O'Donnell has repeatedly denied claims – many leveled by the Delaware GOP who was vehemently opposed to her candidacy – that she did not receive a college diploma because of unpaid debts, owed back taxes, and let her home fall into foreclosure.
Meanwhile, Kristin Murray, O'Donnell's former campaign manager in 2008, alleged O'Donnell of "living on campaign donations" and said the candidate "just wanted to make a buck" and "is no conservative."
The O'Donnell campaign has characterized all the charges as sour grapes.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, O'Donnell led Republican Rep. Mike Castle, the establishment choice, 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent, according to the Delaware Secretary of State.