O’Donnell slams Republican “cannibalism”

September 15, 2010

Fresh off an upset victory in Delaware, Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell slammed the Republican establishment for “cannibalism” during the primary election but predicted she could win in the general election even without their support.

USA/O’Donnell, an upstart who knocked off nine-term Representative Michael Castle in Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary election, made the rounds of the morning TV shows to tout her victory against the mainstream candidate.

She thanked former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for her support, saying it helped woo voters to her side.

AskedĀ on Good Morning America about the Republican party’s decision not to give her funds, O’Donnell said: “Well that’s a shame. They never thought that I could win this race and I believe we can win without them. I didn’t count on the establishment to win the primary; I’m not counting on them to win the general. I’m counting on the voters of Delaware.”

National and state Republicans, worried that O’Donnell did not have a chance to win the November race for the Senate seat long held by Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, had pushed hard in recent weeks to help Castle.

Noting that many Republican experts had predicted her to fall easily to Castle, O’Donnell said they likely had their pride hurt this morning.

“I was ahead in the general election according to Rasmussen before this Republican cannibalism started,” she said. “So if they were serious about winning, we could repair the damage done and move forward and that’s the challenge that I put out to them. I truly believe we can win.”

What do you think? Can the Republicans ignore claims of cannibalism and decide to support O’Donnell? Or has she just given the Democrats their best chance to retain the Senate seat?

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Photo credit: Reuters/Tim Shaffer (O’Donnell speaks at her victory rally Tuesday night in Dover)

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