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September 14th, 2010
10:28 AM ET

Internal warfare among Delaware GOP

Jessica Yellin
CNN National Political Correspondent

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, a nine-term Republican, finds himself in a tight primary race with TV commentator and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell in Delaware's Republican U.S. Senate primary Tuesday.

In the closing days of the primary campaign, O'Donnell has gotten a boost with an endorsement by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and more than $150,000 in late spending from the Tea Party Express. All these developments have the GOP establishment worried that O'Donnell could take down the Republican they believe is most likely to win in November.

O'Donnell has positioned herself as a conservative gate-crasher.

"We're breaking up the backroom deals," she told CNN. "We're restoring the political process back to the hands of the people." She refers to Castle as the "anointed one."

In an interview certainly free of the usual talking points, O'Donnell told CNN:

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Raw Politics • T1
September 14th, 2010
10:15 AM ET
September 14th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

CNN 100: Tea Party favorite Bachmann eyes November, beyond

Rebecca Sinderbrand
AC360° Political Producer

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Minnesota 6th – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) is seeking a 3rd term

Primary: August 10, 2010
Location: Northern and eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities
Days until Election Day: 49

In 2008, Rep. Michele Bachmann spent the fall flirting with one-term status. Last year, her fellow congressional Republicans considered her vulnerable enough to include on their list of most threatened House incumbents. And heading into this summer, her Democratic opponent, state Sen. Tarryl Clark, had raised more than $2 million to take her on.

So why does the Bachmann race now seem to be slipping off the radar? A far better national environment for Republicans helps. So does her valuable status as one of the Tea Party's favorite Republicans (she recently founded the congressional Tea Party caucus). But most of all, Bachmann fortune's have risen thanks in part to a fundraising haul that's nearly double her opponent's.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Raw Politics
September 14th, 2010
10:09 AM ET
September 14th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Ad mocking Pelosi goes viral

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

(CNN) – He has little chance of unseating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her San Francisco congressional district, but Republican John Dennis knows how to make a splash.

The California businessman is out with a new Web video portraying the House Speaker as the Wicked Witch of the West in a campy takeoff of the Wizard of Oz.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
September 14th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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