Cornyn: ‘It remains to be seen’ whether O’Donnell can win

The head of the Senate’s campaign arm said Thursday it is time to leave behind the bitterly fought Delaware Republican primary and get behind winner and Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell.

Cornyn told The Washington Examiner, “It remains to be seen” whether O’Donnell can beat Democrat Chris Coons in November, citing early polling that shows her trailing by double digits.

“But if this election is the wave election some say it will be, I think a lot of people are going to win who wouldn’t otherwise have a good chance,” he added.

Cornyn said he talked Thursday morning to Rep. Mike Castle, whom O’Donnell defeated.

“It’s always hard to lose but this is a tough business we are in,” Cornyn said.

Cornyn said he does not believe the the Delaware primary is an indication that voters are angry at the Republican establishment, but rather Washington in general.

But he said he did learn a lesson from the contest.

“The most important lesson to lear is to listen and be inclusive and that is what the primaries are for and we are going to be united going forward,” Cornyn said. “And that voters want fiscal responsibility and they want us to do something about runaway spending and debt. And on those issues, we all agree.”

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