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Republican Establishment Muted After O'Donnell Win While Democrats Crow

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There was no statement by NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn attached.

By way of contrast, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out a long statement by its chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) claiming that the election results show that Republican tea party enthusiasts are sick of Republican obstructionism -- a stretch, to say the least -- while adding:

In turn, Christine O'Donnell joins the ranks of Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Ken Buck, and Ron Johnson - all of whom care more about imposing a strict social doctrine than creating jobs. Even the Delaware Republican Party Chairman has said O'Donnell is "not a viable candidate for any office in the state of Delaware," and "could not be elected dog catcher."

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Christine O'Donnell: Anti-Masturbation Crusader. Witchcraft Dabbler. Republican Senate Nominee.]

Democratic candidate Chris Coons, who now has a real chance of being elected, was early out of a gate with a press release slamming O'Donnell as well -- and congratulating Rep. Mike Castle for his service.

The results tonight make one thing perfectly clear - the Republican party is purging itself of moderate voices and embracing the radical. I thank Mike Castle for his years of service to the people of Delaware and ask that his supporters embrace my campaign as a way to continue Delaware's tradition of electing moderate, independent voices to the United States Senate.

Delawareans need a U.S. Senator focused on creating jobs, not promoting bizarre conspiracy theories and an extreme social agenda. Every leading Delaware Republican knows that Christine O'Donnell is way out of the mainstream. I look forward to voters comparing my private and public sector experience of reforming government, creating jobs and fiscal accountability, against Ms. O'Donnell's out-of-touch and dangerous agenda that would hurt Delaware's working families.