Tea Party Favorite Stuns GOP With Delaware Win

Unexpected outcome is culmination of growing anti-establishment sentiment among Republicans


WASHINGTON — It’s tea time in America.

Putting an exclamation point on a surprising — and unpredictable — primary season, tea party-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell beat moderate and longtime front-runner Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware’s GOP Senate primary Tuesday.

The stunning outcome was the culmination of a growing anti-establishment, anti-Washington sentiment among Republicans. The trend began in May, when Utah Sen. Robert Bennett was unable to win his party’s nomination.

Then, in Kentucky, Rand Paul upset Trey Grayson, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s hand-picked candidate. It carried over to Nevada, where Sharron Angle won the GOP primary to challenge Harry Reid. Then, in Alaska, virtually unknown Joe Miller upset Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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