The Washington Times - September 14, 2010, 09:15PM

Delaware Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Christine O’Donnell has clenched the GOP nomination and moves on to challenge Democrat Chris Coons in the general election for the seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden. Ms. O’Donnell was able to defeat Republican Congressman Mike Castle who also previously served as the state’s governor. Ms. O’Donnell benefitted from Tea Party support support as well as endorsements from Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, and former Republican Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. 

This race became pretty nasty towards the end. Fierce fights from conservatives broke out among both supporters and detractors of Ms. O’Donnell. Her job now is to unite those factions and move forward. 

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According to the AP:

With 78 percent of precincts reporting, O’Donnell had 54 percent to 46 percent for Castle, a former two-term governor and the longest serving congressman in Delaware history.

Republican officials said privately before Tuesday’s primary that they intended to write off the seat if O’Donnell was victorious against Castle.

Should Ms. O’Donnell come out victorious in the end, Mr. DeMint may very well be looking at even a brighter future in the Senate. However, Delaware is not known for being a conservative state either, but in a rough economy, where Democrats are not very popular, and Republican Scott Brown won a seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy, anything can happen these days.