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Nov022010

ABC News: Christine O'Donnell Projected to Lose Delaware Senate Race

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- Democrat Christopher Coons is projected to beat Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell in the race to keep Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat in Democratic hands.

The Delaware race was rarely in doubt as Coons, the New Castle County executive, enjoyed double digit leads in polls in recent weeks, but the national spotlight remained on the state. It was one of the first defeats of the Tea Party in the 2010 Midterm Elections.

O'Donnell first burst into the political limelight as a Tea Party candidate who defeated a moderate and popular Republican, Rep. Michael Castle, in the September primary. She quickly raised $1 million from jubilant Tea Party supporters and won the endorsement of Sarah Palin.

The spotlight, however, turned harsh as O'Donnell struggled to defuse a series of revelations about her past that included dabbling in witchcraft, unpaid student debts, and income taxes, IRS liens, and improperly used campaign funds.

Coons' victory could be vital to the Democrats in the Senate. Should Democrats lose nine other seats in the election, leaving the Senate at 50-50, Coons could emerge as a party savior of sorts, because Democrats would retain the majority by virtue of the vice president holding a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

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