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Hocus pocus haunts Delaware Senate race

Latest update : 2010-11-03

The race: US Senate, Delaware



The candidates: Christopher Coons (Democrat) vs. Christine O’Donnell (Republican)

The intrigue: Since Joseph Biden vacated the Delaware Senate seat two years ago to become vice-president of the United States, the Republican party has been eyeing the position with mouths watering. It was always going to be an uphill battle in a traditionally Democratic state, but when Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell won the Republican primaries in September, it seemed to get a whole lot steeper.

O’Donnell is no stranger to the spotlight, and describes herself as a renowned “political commentator and marketing consultant”. In recent weeks however, her renown seems to have come back to haunt her. Media attention has veered away from her pro-life, pro-gun, small government rhetoric, and honed in on her past efforts to dabble in politics, such as when she admitted on television that she once “dabbled in witchcraft”, or her very public 1996 campaign against child masturbation and most recently the authenticity of her qualifications.

Democratic candidate Christopher Coons on the other hand appears to have a much more traditional political past, albeit less exciting. Coons has most recently served as New Castle County Executive, a local governing role, and has turned to Biden and President Barack Obama to help with campaigning ahead of the November 2.

The odds: Despite O’Donnell’s startling victory over Republican congressman Michael N. Castle in the primaries, it looks as though nothing short of magic will secure her a seat in the US Senate. On average, polls put rival Coons 16 points ahead, a gap that would be hard to beat under any circumstances, but nearly impossible for an outspoken conservative in a left-leaning state.

Winner: Coons

Date created : 2010-10-08

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