Delaware - U.S. Senate

as of October 29

This is a special election to fill Joe Biden's former seat.

The Candidates

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Chris Coons

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: September 9, 1963
  • Residence: Wilmington, DE

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Christine O'Donnell

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: August 27, 1969
  • Residence: Wilmington, DE

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Previous Results

    Delaware U.S. Senate (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Joe Biden DEM 257,539 64.7%
    Christine O'Donnell REP 140,595 35.3%

    U.S. President: Delaware (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 255,459 61.9%
    John McCain REP 152,374 36.9%
    Ralph Nader DE 2,401 0.6%
    Bob Barr LIB 1,109 0.3%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 626 0.2%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 385 0.1%
    Roger Calero SOC 58 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 29, 2010

New NPR Rating

Safe-D (was Lean-D)

    Sep 20, 2010

    O'Donnell's Upset Shakes Up Race

    Ted Kaufman (D), who was appointed to the seat in 2009, is not running. From Day One, the Republican establishment was backing Rep. Mike Castle, a moderate-to-liberal lawmaker who previously served as governor and lieutenant governor. And once Tea Party upstart Joe Miller knocked off Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Aug. 24 primary, the GOP establishment was prepared to do what it took to make sure Castle didn't fall to conservative activist Christine O'Donnell on Sept. 14.

    But lightning did indeed strike twice. Castle might be popular in a general election campaign, but the party's right wing was never wild about him and showed it by giving O'Donnell a startling upset in the primary. O'Donnell sought the GOP nomination in 2006 and won it in 2008, but she got clobbered by then-Sen. Joe Biden in November. Her anti-abortion, anti-premarital sex and anti-pornography platform is the same now as it was then. National Republicans say the primary result robs them of an all-but-certain pickup in November, but Tea Party supporters insist that they'd rather lose with O'Donnell than win with Castle ... and in any event, they are not conceding the election. Many others, however, have listed Chris Coons, the New Castle County executive and Democratic nominee, as the favorite. -Ken Rudin

      Sep 15, 2010

      New CQ - Roll Call Rating

      Lean-D (was Lean-R)

        New Sabato's Crystal Ball Rating

        Lean-D (was Lean-R)

          A Shift In Delaware

          Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell's win in the GOP primary changes the dynamics of the November race and shifts the balance toward a Democratic win.

          New NPR Rating

          Lean-D (was Lean-R)

            New Cook Political Report Rating

            Lean-D (was Lean-R)

              New Rothenberg Political Report Rating

              Lean-D (was Lean-R)

                Sep 9, 2010

                A Fight For Biden's Old Seat

                Ted Kaufman (D), who was appointed to the seat in 2009, is not running. The state holds its primary Sept. 14.

                New NPR Rating



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