Insurgency Wins Over Incumbency in Delaware, New Hampshire

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell speaks to her supporters after she won the Delaware U.S. Senate primary against Rep. Mike Castle on September 14, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Republican primary voters in Delaware faced a much-hyped choice at the polls yesterday, and ultimately voted for Tea Party-endorsed Christine O'Donnell over moderate long-term Delaware Rep. Mike Castle. The state Republican party campaigned hard against O’Donnell, saying she is likely to lose against a Democrat in the general election. The outcome could have big consequences for which party will occupy Vice President Biden’s place in the Senate.

In New Hampshire, things were no less complicated for voters in that state’s Republican primary, which was also held yesterday. For them, the decision was between state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, who is backed by the GOP establishment, and Tea Party-endorsed candidate, Ovide Lamontagne, whose platform includes support for an Arizona-style immigration law. Ayotte, if she wins, is expected to have little difficultly beating out the Democratic candidate, Representative Paul Hodes, for the Senate seat. However, it is uncertain whether New Hampshire residents would be willing to elect a Tea Party-backed candidate over a Democrat.

Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, rounds up the results of the last major primaries before the November election.

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