Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Insurgent Republican Wins in Delaware - NYTimes.com
The Tea Party movement scored another victory on Tuesday, helping to propel a dissident Republican, Christine O’Donnell, to a stunning upset win over Representative Michael N. Castle in the race for the United States Senate nomination in Delaware.
Mr. Castle, a moderate Republican who served two terms as governor and has been reliably winning elections for the last four decades, became the latest establishment Republican casualty of the primary election season. Republican leaders said the victory by Ms. O’Donnell complicated the party’s chances of winning control of the Senate.
A fight for the Republican Senate nomination in New Hampshire also was underway, with the state’s former attorney general, Kelly Ayotte, who earned the endorsement of Ms. Palin, working fight back a strong challenge from Ovide Lamontagne, who called himself the most conservative candidate in the race.
The contests on Tuesday, which also included races in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island and Wisconsin, came at the end of a seven-month string of primaries. The results highlighted anxiety and unrest in every corner of the country, with seven incumbent members of Congress already having been defeated in their primary bids for re-election.