Christine O’Donnell Hoping for a Win

Despite Chris Coons’s lead in recent polls, Delaware Republican O’Donnell is confident on Election Day.


By Nina Mandell
Daily News Staff Writer

Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell trails her opponent by double digits in the latest poll, but appears nothing but confident heading into Election Day.

Hours before polls opened in Delaware, the Tea Party candidate said she was encouraged by a rally for her rival Chris Coons in downtown Wilmington headlined by Vice President Joe Biden that attracted what she deemed an unenthusiastic turnout.

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"VP Biden comes to DE, stumps for my opponent, and only draws a crowd of 200?" she tweeted late Monday night. "Oh, this race is so winnable!"

In a Monmouth University poll released Friday, Coons had a 10-point lead over the Sarah Palin-favored O’Donnell.

But on Monday night, O'Donnell told Fox News she believed the race was "tight" and could swing either way on Tuesday.

"Tomorrow is all about turnout," she told Greta Van Susteren. "People are excited here."

While enthusiastic about her chances, O'Donnell complained on the show that the National Republican Senatorial Committee had shafted her on resources.

"The RNC has been very supportive," she said. "I would have liked it if the NRSC had done something."

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NRSC spokesperson Brian Walsh fired back at that complaint, telling Politico the committee's resources weren't unlimited.

"While many of our Republican candidates in very close races have been outspent by the Democrats, Christine is the only Senate candidate who has had the resources to run 30-minute ads, rather than 30-second ads," he said.

On Tuesday, O'Donnell cast her vote in Wilmington before heading out to greet voters.

For O'Donnell, Tuesday caps a surprising race most recently filled with controversy over a posting on of pictures detailing a drunken night out for the candidate. The website was later slammed by women's groups.

Her campaign also recently faced off with a local television station over a snafu with a 25-minute commercial spot they said they bought. A producer for the station said the campaign did not deliver the video in time to be aired.