The Tea Party faithfuls are on a serious (caffeine) high. The tea party, along with the candidates they backed won hands down last night in the New York, New Hampshire, and Delaware Primaries.
Republican Christine O’Donnell is the new COP nominee for the United States Senate seat. Ms. O’Donnell won 53 percent of the vote to Mr. Castle’s 47 percent. The primary drew 57,000 voters, a small slice of the overall electorate.
Ms. O’Donnell, a former abstinence counselor who had failed in previous attempts to run for office in Delaware, won the endorsement of Sarah Palin, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina and other leaders of the party’s conservative wing.
Carl P. Paladino, a Buffalo multimillionaire, wasn’t the first choice for many of the NY GOP elite, rode a wave of victory to the nomination for governor of New York on Tuesday, toppling Rick A. Lazio, a former congressman who earned establishment support but inspired little popular enthusiasm.
Paladino became one of the first Tea Party candidates to win a Republican primary for governor and now his eyes are set on being the next Governor of New York.
What was behind Paladino’s victory?
Money and rhetoric, Paladino, energized the Tea Party advocates and social conservatives with white-hot rhetoric and a damn-the-establishment attitude, promising to “take a baseball bat to Albany” to dislodge the state’s entrenched political class. He also outspent Mr. Lazio, pouring more than $3 million of his fortune into the race, while Mr. Lazio spent just over $2 million. Dude spent plenty paper and he won.
Seems like the tea party is making their presence felt in American politics, this may be a good look for Democrats in November mainly because many Republican leaders aren’t supports of the Tea Party and won’t necessarily back a Republican candidate if they are backed by the tea party.
In New Hampshire, Tea Party-backed Ovide Lamontagne held a 41-38 percent lead over GOP establishment candidate Kelly Ayotte with 30 percent of the vote counted.