GOP’s odds in Delaware aren’t hopeless

Vince Coglianese Contributor
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Pundits, polls and Republican strategists all give conservative upstart Christine O’Donnell little chance of winning a Senate seat in liberal-leaning Delaware.

But others argue it’s far too early to write off the newest tea-party favorite, who stunned the political world Tuesday by toppling Republican fixture and nine-term congressman Mike Castle in the party’s Delaware Senate primary.

“This one may not be easy, but it’s far from over,” said Terry Strine, former head of the Delaware Republican Party.

Democrats cheered the O’Donnell upset, saying it all but certainly ensures that the seat, formerly held by Vice President Joe Biden, will remain in Democratic hands. Ms. O’Donnell, the Democrats believe, is too flawed a candidate to win.

Ms. O’Donnell pulled in 53% of the Republican primary vote and now faces off against Democrat Chris Coons, the executive of Delaware’s dominant New Castle County, who didn’t have a primary challenger. Mr. Coons has weaknesses in his own résumé to overcome—which the O’Donnell camp is aiming to exploit in the election.

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