On Sept. 14, the last big round of this year’s primaries was held from the District of Columbia to Wisconsin. It appears that, once again, ultra-conservatives managed to trump mainstream Republicans in many states, but some commentators fear this may be good news for the Democrats.
Among the most closely watched elections were those held in Delaware and New York. In the first, a relative newcomer Christine O’Donnell, backed by the Tea Party, upset a nine-term congressman Mike Castle. In the second, Carl Paladino, also supported by the grassroots movement, defeated GOP favorite Rick Lazio in the gubernatorial race, and will run against Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the son of a former governor.
Initial reactions from mainstream Republicans including former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove suggest the party may seek alternative candidates to support.
Rove told Fox News that O’Donnell has said too many "nutty things" that "simply don’t add up," and expressed his opinion that " this is not a race we’re going to be able to win."
However, in her victory speech the newly minted Senate nominee was upbeat.
"A lot of people said we can’t win the general election; yes we can!" she said, adding in a thinly veiled reference to mainstream Republicans that "it will be hard work, but we can win if those same people who fought against me work just as hard for me."