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5:25 PM ET, September 15, 2010


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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Coons up big  —  Republicans more than likely cost themselves a Senate seat last night.  Chris Coons begins the general election in Delaware with a 50-34 lead over Christine O'Donnell.  Mike Castle would have led Coons by a 45-35 margin.  —  While O'Donnell may have ingratiated herself …
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
GOP's Delaware Senate Nominee Christine O'Donnell Not a Big Fan of Evolution  —  Christine O'Donnell won't have to lie about this Senate race.  She won the Republican nomination for the Senate in Delaware fair and square, against a much more experienced, much more moderate, much more respected opponent …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Castle will not back O'Donnell  —  A Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) campaign source confirmed to The Hill late Tuesday that the longtime congressman will not be endorsing Christine O'Donnell.  —  The Tea Party-backed O'Donnell defeated Castle for Delaware's Republican Senate nomination.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cornyn embraces O'Donnell  —  In a clear sign of the grassroots pressure on Republican leaders, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn just put out a statement embracing Christine O'Donnell — a dramatic contrast with his group's curt response last night — and writing her a big check.
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Christine O'Donnell's 1996 Anti-Masturbation Campaign On MTV's ‘Sex In The 90s’ (VIDEO)  —  Christine O'Donnell won the Republican nomination for senator in Delaware tonight, and Rachel Maddow wasted no time showing the footage she obtained of O'Donnell's 1996 appearance on MTV's “Sex In The 90s” TV show.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Christine O'Donnell on Rove's ‘Un-factual’ Remarks and ‘Republican Cannibalism’  —  The Republican nominee for the Delaware Senate seat fired back at Karl Rove today for what she called “un-factual” accusations about her record.  —  “Everything that he is saying is un-factual.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney backs O'Donnell  —  Support for Christine O'Donnell appears to have emerged this morning as a kind of grassroots litmus test, and the Establishment is scrambling to pass it.  —  Mitt Romney just endorsed her, saying, “Now is the time for Republicans to rally behind their nominee, Christine O'Donnell.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Why Mike Castle Lost  —  Mike Castle might have been a wonderful general election candidate in the Delaware Senate race.  But he ran a terrible campaign in the Republican primary, which is why he lost to Christine O'Donnell, a Tea Party favorite.  —  Castle, Delaware's lone congressman, came up short in four separate ways.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Republicans Reap The Whirlwind  —  The conservative movement has spent the last 20 months sowing hysteria about President Obama's agenda.  The most respectable Republicans call the president a socialist, a radical, a threat to freedom.  The less respectable Republicans, many of them highly influential …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Christine O'Donnell: AIDS Gets Too Much Gov't Money, Condoms Wouldn't Stop It (VIDEO)  —  Long before Tea Party backed candidate Christine O'Donnell won the Republican primary in Delaware and became the GOP Senate nominee, the conservative firebrand was arguing that the government was spending …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Soul-searching time: a GOP torn  —  Christine O'Donnell's surprise victory in the Delaware Senate GOP primary Tuesday left Republicans in conflict, senior party officials openly fretting that the Senate is now out of reach and Democrats overjoyed that the opposition has handed them a late …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint on GOP: 'I don't want the majority back if we don't believe anything'  —  GOP Sen. Jim DeMint said his party is on track to become stronger ideologically with O'Donnell's win over Castle.  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who endorsed Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell …
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Can We Calm Down About Delaware's Tea Party Already?
The Limbaugh Rule: Vote for Most Conservative Candidate in Primary
Michelle Malkin:
Rove bashes O'Donnell; O'Donnell supporter at victory party strikes …
First Read /
First thoughts: The purge inside the GOP
Discussion: GOP 12 and Outside the Beltway
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Rove: O'Donnell 'believes she's going to win,' but must answer ‘troubling questions’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and TPMDC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
NRSC backs O'Donnell, donates $42,000
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Rove Hypocritically Slams O'Donnell's 'Serious Character Problems …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
New York Times:
Paladino Rout of Lazio Jolts New York G.O.P.  —  Carl P. Paladino, a Buffalo multimillionaire who jolted the Republican Party with his bluster and belligerence, rode a wave of disgust with Albany to the nomination for governor of New York on Tuesday, toppling Rick A. Lazio …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Tea Party Republican has big lead in Florida
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
‘Tea party’ is polarizing, but has many ‘closet admirers,’ poll finds
The Hill:
Pelosi: Tea Party primary victories ‘very positive’ for Democrats
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Angry voters will turn attention to Dems come November
Discussion: The Politico, bustardblog, The Note and CNN
John Distaso /
Ayotte defeats Lamontagne in U.S. Senate primary  —  CONCORD - 1:18 p.m. The Secretary of State's office has just announced that Kelly Ayotte has won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate with 53,044 votes.  Ovide Lamontagne received 51,377 votes.  More to follow.  —  __
Discussion: Weekly Standard
John Distaso /
Ayotte defeats Lamontagne in U.S. Senate primary
Associated Press:
Kelly Ayotte Takes Narrow Win in New Hampshire
Discussion: New York Magazine
Aaron Blake / The Fix:   Ayotte wins GOP nomination in New Hampshire
John Distaso /
Senate: Ayotte, Lamontagne in tight race
Discussion: WMUR, Concord Monitor and Salon
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans unveil a plan to make Bush tax cuts permanent  —  Even as they hammer Democrats for running up record budget deficits, Senate Republicans are rolling out a plan to permanently extend an array of expiring tax breaks that would deprive the Treasury of more than $4 trillion …
Ezra Klein:
Putting the $3.9 trillion extension of the Bush tax cuts in context  —  More needs to be done to put the numbers involved in extending the Bush tax cuts in context, so consider this: There is no policy that President Obama has passed or proposed that added as much to the deficit …
Washington Post:
How Adrian Fenty lost his reelection bid for D.C. mayor  —  One afternoon in late June, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's political advisers invited their boss to a downtown conference room to report an unsettling development: Focus groups commissioned by the campaign were saying that Fenty's leadership style …
Seyward Darby / The New Republic:
What Will Happen to D.C. Schools If Michelle Rhee Leaves?
Washington Post:
Vincent Gray wins D.C. mayor's race over Adrian Fenty
Discussion: PostPartisan
Matt Bai / New York Times:
G.O.P. Is Using Obama's ‘Otherness’ as Campaign Tactic  —  WASHINGTON — With every new swipe at President Obama's exotic background or cultural influences, a contingent of Republican leaders are signaling that they believe the coming elections are more than just a referendum on the administration's economic policies.
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