The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed Christine O'Donnell's bid for Senate, one day after the "tea party" favorite defeated party establishment candidate Rep. Mike Castle in the GOP primary in Delaware.
'Every leading Delaware Republican knows that Christine O'Donnell is way out of the mainstream.'
Views from around the web on Tuesday's primary results.
The primary process exists in American politics as a mechanism in which members of a party can hold its incumbents accountable, as well as allow voters to determine the candidate they feel best fits their views, goals and mood in a general election. Both parties support this process rhetorically, cheering on a good debate and then demanding unity behind the winner at the end - which has traditionally been either an incumbent or a favorite of the party establishment.
Republicans were quick to dismiss the Senate majority leader's plan to grant citizenship to some illegal immigrants who came to the United States when they were children as a political ploy aimed at wooing voters and pro-illegal-immigrant groups before the November election.
The nation's capital will have a new mayor after voters Tuesday ousted Adrian Fenty, a backer of education reform who some said had become out of touch.
As the electoral fog lifted after this week's primaries, the Republican Party on Wednesday began the awkward task of reaching out to "tea party"-backed winners they previously shunned.
Whatever the fate of the slate of "tea party" candidates running in November, conservatives say this year's primary season already has changed the Republican Party for the better.
The state of New Hampshire on Wednesday certified former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte as the winner of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, setting the stage for a possible recount.