Tuesday Primaries Yield Victories for Tea Party

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The Tea Party gained more victories in the Republican primaries Tuesday -- this time in Delaware and New York. Now the candidates are looking ahead to the November elections.

The Tea Party backed Christine O'Donnell against the moderate, long term Delaware Republican congressman Mike Castle. The GOP establishment put its money behind Castle, but in an interview with CBN News in the days before the primary, O'Donnell made it clear why voters would back her.

"They're tired of Republicans straying from the principles on which not only our party was founded, but our nation was founded. They want the party principles to mean something," O'Donnell said.

Click play to watch David Brody's latest report, followed by analysis with CBN News Senior Editor John Waage.

Also, Regent Univeristy professor Charles Dunn provided more analysis of Tuesday's primaries on the CBN Newschannel's Midday News, Sept. 15. Click here to watch the interview.

Has the Tea Party caused an identity crisis for the GOP? Gerson Moreno-Riano, dean of Regent University's School of Government, addressed that question and more on the CBN Newschannel's Midday News, Sept. 15. Click here for that interview.

O'Donnell's victory presents a major challenge for the Republican Party, because Castle would have easily won the Senate seat for the GOP in November. With O'Donnell as the party's candidate, it becomes much tougher.

"I have no doubt whatsoever, that if she were by some miracle, to be our nominee that we would lose the seat by unprecedented numbers," said Delaware GOP chairman Tom Ross.

"I think last night showed there's a very vociferous debate going inside the Republican Party for the hearts and minds of Republican voters," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

Still, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said his party "supports all of our nominees across the board without hesitation [or] doubt."

While potentially keeping the seat may be good news for Democrats, they shouldn't get too comfortable.

A new study by American University shows that four million more Republicans have voted in these 2010 primaries than Democrats. That doesn't bode well for Democrats, because this is the year of the Tea Party. They even had another victory Tuesday in the New York's governor race where Carl Paladino beat the Republican establishment favorite Rick Lazio. Paladino called it a people's revolution.

"They've had enough of this nonsense that's been coming out of this establishment class no matter what the party label and they want something different," Paladino said.

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