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About Face? NRSC Will Support O'Donnell, Give Her $42,000


If you Tweet it, they will succumb.

That might be the lesson today as the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has just announced that it will support Republican "tea party" candidate Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.

NRSC Chairman John Cornyn, Republican Senator from Texas, released a statement announcing the committee's support:

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.

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. [Read Cornyn's full statement at Politico.]

That's a reversal from yesterday, when it was believed the NRSC would not support O'Donnell. However, NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh did leave the door open for a change of heart. "We reserve the right, as the Democrats do, to invest money in any race at any time," he said.

As our own Meredith Jessup reported last night, the NRSC's initial decision prompted a backlash on Twitter from grassroots Conservatives. O'Donnel spoke about her win, and lack of support, this morning on "Fox & Friends":

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