Gov. Brewer: ‘I Call Them Like I see Them’

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Jeremy P. Jacobs, Hotline On Call
Feb. 26, 2014, 3:08 p.m.

Christine O’Don­nell pulled off a stun­ning up­set vic­tory Tues­day in Delaware’s Re­pub­lic­an Sen­ate primary, de­feat­ing GOP Rep. Mike Castle and deal­ing Re­pub­lic­ans a ma­jor blow in their quest to re­cap­ture the Sen­ate ma­jor­ity this year.

With 86 per­cent of pre­cincts re­por­ted, the As­so­ci­ated Press called the race with O’Don­nell lead­ing Castle, 54-46 per­cent.

Castle be­comes the sev­enth Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate sup­por­ted by the GOP es­tab­lish­ment to lose in a primary - fol­low­ing favored Re­pub­lic­ans be­ing up­set in Nevada, Ken­tucky, Flor­ida, Alaska, Col­or­ado and Utah. The Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Sen­at­ori­al Com­mit­tee is­sued a terse, one-sen­tence re­ac­tion to O’Don­nell’s vic­tory from NR­SC Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or Rob Jes­mer, not from its chair­man, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

“We con­grat­u­late Christine O’Don­nell for her nom­in­a­tion this even­ing after a hard-fought primary cam­paign in Delaware,” Jes­mer said in a state­ment.

O’Don­nell, who en­joyed the back­ing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Pal­in, Sen. Jim De­Mint, R-S.C., and the Tea Party Ex­press, will face New Castle County Ex­ec­ut­ive Chris Coons in the gen­er­al elec­tion.

O’Don­nell will go in­to that race as an un­der­dog in the race against Coons, giv­ing Demo­crats a strong chance at hold­ing Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden’s former Sen­ate seat.

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