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February 9, 2016

Delaware: The Return of Christine O’Donnell?

A spokesman for O'Donnell would not rule out another run. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In 2010, Christine O’Donnell famously defeated then-Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., in the GOP Senate primary — then lost the general election to now-Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat. (See “I’m not a witch… I’m you.”)

Her candidacy serves as a symbol of that cycle, in which three tea-party-backed GOP nominees lost otherwise winnable races to Democrats in Delaware, Nevada and Colorado.

O’Donnell is taking care of her family and will make a decision later about possibly running against Coons again in 2014, Abby Livingston reports in the Farm Team column, Roll Call’s weekly state-by-state look at up-and-coming candidates.

Would O’Donnell, who became the bane of national Republicans that cycle, run again? Her former campaign manager, Matthew Moran, said it’s a possibility.

“We hear from Christine’s supporters everyday that they want her to run again,” he wrote in an email to CQ Roll Call. “However, both of her parents faced serious illness this past year so she won’t be making a decision about 2014 until they are in the clear.”

You can hear the screams of frustration from the National Republican Senatorial Committee all the way in our office.

  • Vinny Gordon

    Gingrich, Palin, Cain, and many more have turned running for a GOP office into a successful career. They really have no marketable skills but in this career move less educated you are the best your chances are in winning the GOP primaries.

  • bpai99

    Well put. They and others like them are the logical result of an environment where experience and a successful track record of governing (which inevitably requires some compromise) are viewed as negatives. Free of any responsibility, they can throw rhetorical bombs and stake out extreme positions with no risk of ever having to implement or renounce them.

  • bpai99

    O’Donnell is making a mockery of her previous farce.

  • Common Sense

    If Coons was elected in 2010, which he was…then wouldn’t his term not be up until 2016? See U.S. Const., Art. I.

  • dogpal

    Bring on the Goon to run against Coons!

  • ID-2

    I am screaming.

  • skaje

    That was a special election as the seat was regularly elected in 2008. Biden won, but then subsequently resigned to become vice president. A temporary replacement was appointed, but a special election was required in 2010. The regular election is still 2014.

  • Mark A Abramson

    Who cares? O’Donnell has ZERO chance. Even if Coons were indicted for child abuse, he will still win in a blue state because of the D next to his name.

  • NorthboroughDan

    The NRSC will go on a witch hunt. Bada-bing.

  • pabarge

    Can you hear my voice of frustration all the way from Texas into your office? Believe me. I want to hear everyone stand up and sing “Ding! Dong! The witch is not going to run again”.

  • PhilipJames

    “three tea-party-backed GOP nominees lost otherwise winnable races to Democrats”
    that is a stupid, liberal lie…. Christine was running in a long time majority Democrat area and the odds were hugely against her with or without the “witch” bull crap. Same with the Nevada race, where Harry Reid made sure the unions came out 150% for the Democrat. There is no forgiving the idiocy of the liberals in Delaware.

  • roger

    Kind of like Bammy and slow joe!

  • ward-jeff

    Bonehead, it was winnable for the GOP until Christine defeated a GOP congressman in the GOP primary.

  • bpai99

    Your partisanship is showing. Whatever can be said of Obama and Biden, they are in the arena fighting and being held responsible for what they do and don’t achieve. That’s a world of difference from those like O’Donnell who play armchair quarterback and pontificate about how they would do so much better, knowing they will never have to deliver.

  • Timothy Lane

    But the original post here mocked Newt Gingrich (who was Speaker of the House and has done a good bit of educational work), Sarah Palin (who was a long-term small-town mayor and then a popular governor until her involvement in national politics made her a target for leftist hyper-dirty politics), and Herman Cain (a successful businessman) as having no “marketable skills”. For that matter, I have no idea what O’Donnell does outside of politics, though her past bankruptcy isn’t a good indicator.

  • Redford1974

    OMG…Please no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alice Lemos

    Christine clobbered Coons in their debates. Karl Rove must be going wild.

  • AD_Rtr_OS

    If Christine O’Donnell so offends the poobahs of the NRSC, they should find a better candidate (one who can command the support of the TEA Party and So-Cons within the Republican Party) to run against her in the primary – but they better do it under-the-table, as the base is sick and tired of having the DC-Elite cram candidates down their throats.

  • Jane Hyden

    omg……….they are trying to rebrand themselves and this is who they come up with?????????wow

  • Jane Hyden

    @tim…..if you think that she left because…”target for leftist dirty politics?” you are out of your mind. she left in the middle of the term. she couldnt even finish her term. she let down those people who voted for her. shes in it for the $ only.she is so ignorant she thinks she can see russia from her house. omg. she makes the most ignorant lies of any woman politician except maybe anne coulter. mr 999 was smart in that he was trying to sell a book..he duped the whole party lol…….even repubs didnt like clown posse that was paraded in front of them. i cant believe that you would ever vote for either one of them……..pathetic and disgusting.btw, why would you even bother to bring up gingrich who was kicked out of his own party…… need to do more reading from unbiased sites……..not hannity or rush or those other idiots

  • Jane Hyden

    when are you going to stop whining and tell the truth?

  • cincyjs

    What is wrong with the RNC leadership? This guy Reince and Wear is a LOSER! McConnell in Delaware –NO Chance of winning; Angle in Nevada – NO Chance of winning; dumping Norton in Colorado who had a good chance of winning. And then there is the stupid loudmouths in MO ( who had a commanding lead until then) and IN( who also had a lead until then) by making STUPID comments on the abortion issues. Comment wisely or shut up!! The latest screw-up is allowing Mark Sanford get the nomination. The Dem Elizabeth Colbert will win hands down in a conservative district !!! Bush said it last week at the his library opening. The Rep party has no leadership. As in warfare, one must live through the battles to enjoy the final victory. The Dems are living through the battles! I support a strong 2 party system that used to debate and compromise in the best interest of the people. Case in point: Congress wants out of Obamacare. Sen. Max Baucus, an Obmacare champion, now says it is a trainwreck A little late?? I think even Obama says it will not affect him. But it will affect the rest of us!! How many voters are aware of that ??? It seems to me that we are all passengers on the Titanic and the elites in Washington have commandeered all the lifeboats. The rest of us ( Dems, Reps and Ind alike) are going down with the ship.

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