September 15th, 2010
06:38 PM ET
12 years ago

O'Donnell's campaign war chest gets a boost

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Christine O'Donnell said Wednesday that she has met an early fundraising goal."]

(CNN) - Less than a day after winning the Delaware Republican Senate primary in a surprising upset, Christine O'Donnell reached her earlier fundraising goal for the general election.

"We have surpassed our earlier goal of $500,000. What do you think? Can we hit $750,000?" O'Donnell tweeted Wednesday.

O'Donnell became the latest Tea Party-backed candidate this election season to defeat an incumbent candidate after she easily beat long-time Rep. Mike Castle in the contentious Senate primary.

Now, despite the skepticism many Republicans expressed as the election results came in Tuesday night – one Republican official told CNN the Republican party would be slow to give any money to O'Donnnell – she is enjoying an influx of support from prominent Republican leaders.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told CNN Wednesday that he has instructed his staff to devote resources and money to help O'Donnell's campaign.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell also said he would support and donate money to O'Donnell. And National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn pledged $42,000 – the maximum amount the NRSC can give – on O'Donnell's behalf.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney – and potential 2012 presidential candidate – also announced that his Free and Strong America PAC would be sending O'Donnell a $5,000 contribution.

O'Donnell now faces Democrat Chris Coons in the race to fill Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat.

–CNN's Frances Sanchez contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Geoffrey

    THis is another Sarah Palin look a woman coupled with cheap beer....The Circus is in full swing!

    September 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. moderateray

    This is good. Now she can pay off her college debts from 20 years ago!

    September 15, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. moderateray

    Did she really mean "Buck Up?" I never new if her verbiage is old, new or other. And, is this a quote taken from that Constintestinal thingee that our Four Fathers writ?

    September 15, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    It will take more than money. When will these people figure that out. They cannot buy an election. They are running the nuttiest bunch of people possible. They want to do away with social security and medicare. Abolish all of the restrictions on Wall Street. Do away with the Department of Education. Reinstate segregation. Why would ANYONE vote for them???

    September 15, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Snark

    Half a million dollars? Wow. Maybe now she'll be able to pay her rent.

    September 15, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    I never realized or wanted to believe that Americans were that ignorant. Now I know I was wrong. This woman created a mess of her finances, lost her mortgage and didn't pay over $11,000 in federal income taxes. How can any person with smarts expect her to be able to run a state? It is sad, but laughable too!

    September 15, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. USA 1

    After the Tea Party/GOP extremists take over in November....

    The New Pledge of Allegiance

    I pledge allegiance, to the flag of the United Corporate States of America, and to the wealthy, for which it stands, one Corporation, under Wall Street, with discrimination and poverty for the American middle class.

    September 15, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Ok CNN – Aren't some DEMOCRATS running for office... It is SAD that the media gest so STUCK on the RIGHT!!!

    All summer we had to go through this!!! Its time to take a break and more on politicians who are running on the LEFT!!!

    DEMOCRATS – PLEASE – STATE the CASE – we must UNITE the BASE and WIN this RACE in November!!

    September 15, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Bob

    If anyone in politics thinks this radical, inept and incompetent woman can win a seat in the Senate is in need of a reality check. God help us all if she get elected since she only a clone of the quitter and wacko from Alaska. The same people giving their money on her campaign are the same ones that don't want their federal taxes raised. At least money going to the federal government would be an attempt to lower the deficit rather than throwing it away at a future political loser.

    September 15, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Jim in San Mateo

    If she's a looney as everyone says she is, all the money the tea party can throw at her won't make a difference.

    September 15, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. they call me "tater salad"

    All that money being thrown away on a lost cause.............What a waste! I guess the economy can't be that bad for some people cuz it seems like any ol' unhinged lunitic can dupe people into giving them their hard earned money to sing and dance for the cameras..........Idiots;......"Can't live with 'em"............."Can't legally shoot 'em".

    September 15, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    And her primary win gives Democrats hope? It proves how tired the country is of the liberals screwing crap up!

    September 15, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Seven Tea Party Candidates For Senate . . .

    Running in seven seats the g.o.p. was guaranteed to win, but now look to be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    If the tea party wins the seven – they will take over the g.o.p.
    If the tea party loses the seven – they will disappear
    If the seven – split – the most likely scenerio, expect out and out warfare in the republican party for the next two years.

    September 15, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Sgt. Joe

    Of course the GOP is going to pay up and suck up; it's their only hope of gaining control and power and that's their sole agenda. It doesn't matter that they don't like what this nutcake stands for. They let go of integrity as soon as they wrote that first check. She used campaign money for her rent? Good luck with that, GOP! She's a loser and I can't wait for her to get her booty wiped by the Dems in the general. Gloat now, honey cakes!

    September 15, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. CanadaOne

    What is the matter with you America???

    You are going backwards!

    We are in a global economic and technology battle with the rest of the world
    And you are ranked 6th in the above and you go and start something called the “TEA Party” what the h…

    Wake up we are in the 21st century not a tea party

    Just your “names” alone show how backward you are becoming!

    Keep this up and yes – all you will have is TEA – as you won’t be able afford anything else…

    And this O'Donnell – why does she look so stupid – can’t you find somebody that at least looks half intelligent?

    September 15, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Robin Hood From England.

    All Democrats should come together as a team and ideas to defeat Christine O'donnell in November and the GOP.

    September 15, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. mtntv

    This lady is another version of Sarah Palin. All she says is the same thing. I think she bit off more than she can bite, bu that's my opinion. Come on, Dems, get with it and beat these teabag nut jobs.

    September 15, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. g

    you don,t have to worry about the tea party destroying america -the rich are doing a good job of it free trade-shipping good tax paying jobs over seas,investing in china , there greed will eventually bring there houses down too

    September 15, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. all the news that is fit too omit

    I sent her a check for 100 dollars today.

    Bleep the Republican establishment and the old coots that run it, time for new ideas and new voices even if I don't agree with all their ideals.

    Dems still don't get this, but they will in November.

    September 15, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. LouAz

    FOR SALE – What is different about this politican ? You Betcha !

    September 15, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. welches, oregon

    Maybe this corrupt politician will use the money to pay her back taxes and mortgage foreclosures.

    They're all corrupt and if you thing 'voting' is going to change ANYTHING, you haven't been paying attention these last 20-30 years.

    These GOPers cannot wait to get their hands on their 'new'ly' elected Republicans – soon they'll be as corrupt as the ole standards.

    September 15, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Louisiana Man

    Her past statements about religion were dug up and spewed in the press. Her defense was 'that was years ago at a different time' and of course her supporters forgave her.

    Yet, when Meg Whitman pouncedd Jerry Brown about a stance he took on taxes years ago and how Bill Clinton trumped him on it during a DEBATE-
    it was most appropriate and timely and the Whitman supporters lambasted Brown for his views.

    The GOP and hypocrites should be spelled the same.

    September 15, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Sorensen

    The GOP has not reached the bottom yet, but they are sure trying

    September 15, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. WAKE UP

    I hope her rent is

    September 15, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. JLA

    The Tea Party is such a joke. They could care less about a candidate being intelligent, informed or qualified in any way. They will take any nutcase that can say "I hate government." O'Donnell has not been able to hold a steady job and sued her last employer for $6.9 million for "mental anguish." She also is not sure that lying to Hitler to save Jews would have been OK. This from a woman who lied about having graduated from college. THIS is the Tea Party's great candidate? This crazy woman who is actually a little less crazy than the other Tea Party candidate Sharon Angle who wants to get rid of Social Security and thinks that people who are not happy with the results of an election should grab their guns and rise up against our elected officials (uh, that's not democracy Sharon). Add Rand Paul who thinks that we should not have government that does things like tell businesses that they cannot discriminate against minorities. Rand thinks that it should be permissible to have "whites only" restaurants. THESE are the Tea Party's candidates. The fact that any Americans are behind them does not speak well for our education system. Of course, many Tea Partiers think education doesn't matter because it's "elitist" so their ignorance should not be so surprising.

    September 15, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |