[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/16/art.odonnell.0916t.gi.jpg caption="Christine O'Donnell's campaign said it raised $850,000 in the first 24 hours after her Delaware GOP primary victory."]
Washington (CNN) - Christine O'Donnell's campaign tells CNN it raised $850,000 in the first 24 hours after her upset victory in the Delaware Republican senatorial primary.
Spokeswoman Michelle Lauren says the campaign's website crashed Tuesday night due to the large amount of traffic generated in the wake of her surprise win. The site went back up Thursday morning, she says.
Republican establishment figures continue to reach out to her. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele phoned O'Donnell Thursday. Officials with O'Donnell would not characterize the call.
"I don't know if she can win until we try. How can you claim defeat before you attempt victory? This makes no sense. It makes no sense. So stop it. Stop it," Steele told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King on Wednesday in reaction to some of the sniping aimed at O'Donnell by Republican critics who say she cannot win the seat.
Meanwhile the insurgent campaign, which had a minimal staff, is trying to come to terms with the enormous media and national attention her nomination win has generated and is rapidly trying to gear up for the major general election fight ahead against Democrat Chris Coons. It is looking for larger office space and will soon be adding more staff, Lauren tells CNN.
O'Donnell told CNN on Wednesday one of the first things the campaign was going to work on was to get pamphlets printed for the general election since it had put all of its efforts into the primary contest against Rep. Michael Castle.