Marketing consultant Christine O’Donnell upset Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary tonight, handing the tea party movement a major victory and giving Democrats an unexpected chance to hold the First State seat.

O’Donnell, who is making her third run for the Senate in as many elections, relied heavily on national surrogates — from the Tea Party Express to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — to fuel a shoestring campaign against the iconic Castle who had held elected office in the state for more than four decades.

“The people of Delaware have spoken,” said O’Donnell in her victory speech. “No more politics as usual.”

The O’Donnell victory, which was considered a political impossibility as recently as a month ago, is a major boost for Democratic hopes of holding the seat once held by Vice President Joe Biden. New Castle County Executive Chris Coons was unchallenged for the Democratic Senate nomination.

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[Editor’s note:  Of course you are going to hear the MSM ‘crying’ that this ‘far right’ win assures a Democrat victory in November, but R3publicans believe that this victory assures that a Republican landslide in November might have some substance with people of principle like Christine O’Donnell on the ticket.  She has stood for moral values head to head with liberal pundits like Bill Maher for years and we believe she will do so in Congress as well —  that is if the Republican ‘establishment’ can permit the breath of fresh air blowing in the camp to bring in people from the Ron Paul Revolution and the Teaparty movement and restore those who went before us in the Reagan years to their rightful seats at the table (grassroots anyone?).  Oh sure we don’t agree on everything, but we are crystal clear on limited government and constitutional constraints.  Maybe there is yet hope . . .]