Primary Results: Teapartiers O’Donnell, Paladino Win Big
September 15, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Today was the last major primary before the November elections. And in keeping with other Republican tea party upsets in Alaska, Nevada, Kentucky and Utah, the fringe extremist candidates were the big story tonight. Christine O’Donnell, trounced nine-term Congressman Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in the senatorial primary, in a shocking upset that has Democrats overjoyed. O’Donnell has so much baggage going into the general election, Delaware Republican Party Chairman Tom Ross, said she “could not be elected dog catcher.” In New York, angry teapartier and porno racist email sender, Carl Paladino won the Republican nomination for governor. Paladino easily defeated the establishment candidate Rick Lazio. And in New Hampshire, another marquee senatorial race, all the results are not yet in, but the outsider tea party candidate Ovide Lamontagne has been leading Attorney General Kelly Ayotte all night, by about 2,000 votes.
Also in New York, beleaguered Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) easily won his crowded primary. In a heavily Democratic district, Rangel’s reelection is nearly guaranteed.
If the Sen. DeMint (R-SC) backed teapartier Lamontagne manages to upset Ayotte, the Democrats are in a much better position to pick up a senatorial seat in New Hampshire and certainly in Delaware.
The Tea Party Express and Sarah Palin supported O’Donnell is not viewed as a viable candidate in the general election. In fact, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is abandoning the race. The NRSC announced tonight, it would not be funding O’Donnell’s general election campaign.
O’Donnell will face Democrat Chris Coons, for Vice President Joe Biden’s former senate seat.
Paladino, will face the popular Democratic candidate, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in the gubernatorial election in November. Like O’Donnell, Paladino comes to the general election with lots of baggage.
The New York Times writes:
“The result was a potentially destabilizing blow for New York Republicans. It put at the top of the party’s ticket a volatile newcomer who has forwarded e-mails to friends containing racist jokes and pornographic images, espoused turning prisons into dormitories where welfare recipients could be given classes on hygiene, and defended an ally’s comparison of the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, who is Jewish, to “an Antichrist or a Hitler.”’
It’s going to be an interesting general election, with all of the fringe tea party candidates in the mix. One thing is for sure–Mike Castle is shell shocked in Delaware tonight.