Christine O'Donnell: Five reasons Democrats may need to worry
Democrats need not swoon for joy that Christine O'Donnell beat Mike Castle in the GOP Senate primary in Delaware. Overconfidence could be the foe of her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons.
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She may be no deer in the “Today” show’s headlights. At a candidate forum in Wilmington on Thursday, an audience member asked her about some controversial statements she has made in the past about abortion, homosexuality, and premarital sex.Skip to next paragraph
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“Yes, I have my personal beliefs,” she said, brushing the question aside.
The money is rolling in. O’Donnell had only a fraction of opponent Castle’s campaign cash until the last week of the primary campaign. Then an infusion of almost $300,000 in independent expenditures from a Tea Party Express political action committee helped push her to victory.
But checkbooks love a winner, and since then O’Donnell has collected almost $1 million in donations, according to her campaign. That’s in addition to the $42,000 check delivered by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
GOP establishment organizations may be reluctant to contribute more to a candidate they see as having an uphill battle. But the media publicity surrounding her upset primary win is sure to bring in more dollars from individuals all over the country who support her views.
Her opponent's campaign is not trouble-free. Chris Coons has lots of name recognition in the most populous part of Delaware – New Castle County, where he is county executive. He’s got lots of money and will get help from the White House. For instance, Vice President Joe Biden (whose old seat is the one being contested) will travel to Delaware on Friday to help rally Democratic volunteers.
But O’Donnell is not the only one in the race with an interesting past. When he was 21, Coons wrote an article for his college newspaper titled “Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist.”
“I don’t think [Delaware voters] in statements that either of us made 20 or 30 years ago,” said Coons at Thursday night’s candidate forum with O’Donnell.
Coons’s response has been to insist that he would be an independent voice for state voters.
Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris? Action hero, roundhouse kick aficionado, subject of numerous epigrammatic Chuck Norris facts (“If at first you don’t succeed, you’re not Chuck Norris”)?
Yes. As we reported Thursday, Chuck Norris is a top financial backer of the Tea Party Express political action committee, which in turn has been one of O’Donnell’s most valuable political allies.
So get ready, Wilmington. Maybe Norris will favor O’Donnell with a campaign appearance. They could bill him as “Walker, Delaware Ranger.”