Tea Party Scores Big Victory in Delaware

Primary elections were being held in seven states on Tuesday and the upstart Tea Party scored a big victory in Delaware.
Author:
Publish date:

Updated with most recent results.

NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The Tea Party movement did well in primary elections Tuesday with the biggest victory coming in Delaware as its candidate Christine O'Donnell bested GOP veteran Michael Castle for the Republican Senate nomination in the state.

The battle was arguably the most closely watched race of the evening, and

with all the districts reported

, O'Donnell was declared victorious with 53% of the vote compared to Castle's 47%. Castle was attempting to move to the Senate from the House, but O'Donnell, who had the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, won the day.

The other high-profile Tea Party-related race for a slot on the Republican ticket for Senate was in New Hampshire where Ovide Lamontagne, the Tea Party pick, was up against Kelly Ayote. Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte overcame an early deficit and moved ahead of Ovide Lamontagne as returns piled up after midnight, the

Associated Press

reports. Her lead was slightly less than 1,000 votes with ballots counted from 83% of the state's precincts. No final result was likely for hours.

The fate of Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat who been in Congress since 1970, was also in particular focus, but he easily won renomination beating Adam Clayton Powell, his closest opponent. It was Rangel's first time on a ballot since the House ethics committee accused him of 13 violations, most of them relating to his personal finances.

The Tea Party also made a splash in the Republican gubernatorial primary in New York where political newcomer Carl Paladino has

won the spot

on the GOP ticket over Rick Lazio.

The race to replace Andrew Cuomo on the Democratic ticket for New York's Attorney General was won by Eric Schneiderman after he defeated Kathleen Rice.

The polls closed at 8 p.m. EDT in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire, while Rhode Island and Wisconsin voted up until 9 p.m. along with New York.

Earlier on Tuesday,

The New York Times

reported

problems with a new voting system

making its debut in New York City for the elections.

--

Written by Michael Baron in New York.

>To contact the writer of this article, click here:

Michael Baron

.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to:

tips@thestreet.com

Copyright 2010 TheStreet.com Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.