Rehoboth’s Glen Urquhart Wins GOP Nod; O’Donnell Defeats Castle

by Dave on September 14, 2010

Businessman Glen Urquhart of Rehoboth Beach narrowly defeated endorsed Republican Michele Rollins to secure the GOP nomination for Congress in Tuesday voting, winning by roughly 550 votes out of more than 50,000 cast.

Urquhart rode a tidal wave of conservative support and the emerging Tea Party movement to victory. He now moves on to face former Lieutenant Governor John Carney in the general election. An August 7-8 poll conducted by Public Policy Polling for progressive website Daily Kos put Carney ahead of Urquhart in a hypothetical matchup 48%-30%.

In the evening’s top-billed contest, longtime Congressman Mike Castle was defeated handily by Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell, who claimed the GOP slot for US Senate by a margin of 53% to 47%. O’Donnell, bolstered heavily by out-of-state help from the likes of Sarah Palin, Senator Jim DeMint and the National Rifle Association, overcame revelations of dishonesty about her academic record and using campaign funds for personal expenses. Castle was hurt among the party faithful by his moderate voting record, including a controversial vote for “cap-and-trade” legislation.

O’Donnell advances to a general election matchup with New Castle County Executive Chris Coons. Public Policy Polling announced Monday that their polling shows O’Donnell trailing Coons by 26 points.

Famed political analyst Larry Sabato called the upset victory a ” tremendous blow to Republican hopes” to take control of the U.S. Senate. He called the victory the “best result for Democrats since (Nevada’s Sharron) Angle.”

The Democrats also filled their statewide ballot for November, punching tickets for attorney Chipman Flowers over sitting Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter, and for Richard Korn over Ken Matlusky for State Auditor.

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