ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports:
After weeks of trashing GOP senate candidate Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, national Republican leaders now say they will support their nominee in the race against Democrat Chris Coons.
“Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Sen. John Cornyn.
“I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.”
The announcement followed reports late Tuesday that the NRSC would not fund O’Donnell because of her perceived low chances of winning in November.
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele told reporters in Washington Wednesday morning that he, too, would support the party’s nominee in Delaware, saying “I am looking forward to electing Christine O'Donnell the next senator from Delaware.”
O’Donnell appealed for party unity in her victory speech Tuesday night, expressing optimism at her chances of winning “if those same people that worked against me will work just as hard for me.”
Several polls show O’Donnell trailing Coons in a head-to-head matchup.