Delaware election results 2010: Christopher Coons defeats Christine O'Donnell

Washington Post staff
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 12:30 PM

The Delaware Senate race has been decided:

Tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell stunned the Republican establishment with her quixotic primary victory and her attention-seeking Senate campaign, including running an ad declaring that she did not, in fact, dabble in the dark arts. But O'Donnell never really had a chance, trailing badly for weeks and finally losing Tuesday to Democrat Chris Coons.

PostPolitics previewed the Delaware 2010 Election:

New Castle County Executive Christopher Coons (D) is well ahead in his bid to keep Vice President Biden's former Senate seat in Democratic hands. Once conservative Christine O'Donnell defeated popular GOP Rep. Michael N. Castle in the September primary, she quickly plummeted in the general election polls in liberal-leaning Delaware despite growing national news media attention. If Democrats lose nine other seats, leaving the Senate at 50-50, they may consider Coons their savior, because they would retain the majority by virtue of Biden's tie-breaking vote.

There is another potential bright spot for Democrats, in the race to succeed Castle in the House. Former Lt. Gov. John Carney (D) is a slight favorite over Glen Urquhart, a real estate investor from Rehoboth Beach who, like O'Donnell, won his primary with support from more conservative voters downstate. Hopes of House Democrats holding the majority rest on Carney and several other Democrats claiming GOP-held seats in moderate suburban districts.

Full election preview for Delaware and all 50 states here.

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CONTRIBUTORS: The state previews were written and compiled by Washington Post staff writers Chris Cillizza, Dan Balz, Amy Gardner, Shailagh Murray, Paul Kane, Aaron Blake, Felicia Sonmez, Ben Pershing and Perry Bacon Jr.

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