September 17th, 2010
12:16 PM ET
10 years ago

Outsider meets with top insiders in DC

Washington (CNN) - As Christine O'Donnell grabbed national headlines this week, another Republican Senate nominee who enjoys strong backing from Tea Party activists, quietly came through the nation's capitol to meet with top GOP insiders.

Sharron Angle, Nevada's Republican Senate nominee, spent much of Thursday at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, huddling with senior party staffers and meeting with a number of GOP senators. A fundraiser on Angle's behalf was held Thursday night, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Sen. John Ensign, among others, in attendance.

The Angle campaign tells CNN that "way more than we expected" was raised at the event. The fundraiser follows similar functions in New Jersey and New York City on Wednesday. The campaign tells CNN that they've been very successful raising money on-line and that much of what they have brought in is small dollar donations.

While most polls, including a new CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey out this week, indicate that the race is a deadheat, Angle trails when it comes to money in the bank. As of the end of June, Reid had nearly $9 million cash on hand, with Angle's campaign holding just under $2 million cash on hand.

The visit to Washington was Angle's second since winning the June primary.

Angle asked for help after her primary victory and there has been help coming," Angle campaign Communications Director Jarrod Agen told CNN. "This meeting was to give an update on where the campaign stands and to thank people for their help so far and to ask for that assistance to keep coming."

Angle, a former state lawmaker, beat 12 other candidates in the June 8 GOP primary to capture her party's Senate nomination.

CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report

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Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Sharron Angle
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Thank God I am a Democrat

    "quietly came through the nation's capitol to meet with top GOP insiders."

    Duh! How else would she avoid real questions from reporters if she didn't sneak in?

    Only in American can someone secure votes without actually having to answer questions.

    September 17, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. michaelam

    And women politicians wonder WHY they cannot generate support from women voters. Look at the choices the GOP least Democratic women have a brain!

    September 17, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Haren

    We have 5 republican pro-life senate candidate from TEA party, they believe that in rape or incest woman should give birth to a child.

    I have one simple question to them

    What happens if a professional woman in her late twenties get raped by a man,?

    Do they think that this woman for 9 month jeopardizing her professional life to give birth to a child of rapist?

    And who gave them right to control the life of this woman?

    Oh! I forgot they have direct connection to god by Internet.
    To all women voters please pay attention it could be you in this situation

    September 17, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. D.

    Fight! Fight! Fight on the Right!
    Watch them fight! Watch them fight!
    And Democrats, you got to win!

    September 17, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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