NRSC Chairman John Cornyn pledges support to Christine O’Donnell in Delaware

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Despite reports that national Republicans will shy away from the general election campaign of Delaware GOP nominee Christine O’Donnell, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Wednesday pledged the Party’s support and financial backing.

NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn of Texas announced Wednesday that the organization plans to write a check to O’Donnell’s campaign for $42,000, the maximum allowable donation.

“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,” Cornyn said in a statement.

O’Donnell defeated Rep. Mike Castle, who had been backed by national Republicans, for the GOP nomination Tuesday night. Republican sources had said that the organization would leave the general election funding of O’Donnell’s campaign to outside sources, considering the conventional wisdom that she will not be competitive in November.

But in an interview Tuesday night, O’Donnell told The Daily Caller that she would appeal to Cornyn for help by telling him that “the greater good is worth putting all of this behind us. That there is a lot of work to be done and together we can win. And as the saying goes, ‘divided we fall.’”

Cornyn on Wednesday said he spoke with O’Donnell.

“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,” he said.

As for how involved the NRSC may be in the race, he indicated that Delaware might not get much attention.

“In the weeks ahead, we will decide where to best allocate additional financial resources among the large number of competitive races at stake this November. “