Delaware Senate Election 2010: Christine O'Donnell trails Chris Coons as vote looms

Washington Post Staff
Friday, October 29, 2010; 4:16 PM

In Delaware's Senate Election the Tea party darling Christine O'Donnell is polling behind Democrat Chris Coons in a highly publicized race.

As Dan Balz explains:

Many Republicans believe they have given away Delaware because of the nomination of tea party-backed Christine O'Donnell, who badly trails Democrat Chris Coons. Had Rep. Michael Castle (R) been the nominee, Delaware would rate as a likely Republican pickup. If Republicans lose Nevada, Illinois and Kentucky, they will wonder how much their candidates' performances cost them in those races, as well.

Even some within the GOP establishment have voiced concerns over Christine O'Donnell's effect on the national debate. Thomas Ferraro reported on one such concerned Republican, Meghan McCain.

U.S. Sen. John McCain's daughter said Sunday that Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware, a tea party favorite, is seen by many young Republicans "as a nut job."

"Christine O'Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office," Meghan McCain said of her father's fellow Republican, who recently ran an ad declaring, "I'm not a witch."

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