Pre-Gawker Smear Poll Shows Christine O'Donnell Closing Gap Against Coons

by the Left Coast Rebel

Shiver me timbers, get a load of this from NPR, of all places:

Christine O'Donnell is surging and not just in terms of web hits owing to the controversial Gawker story about her Halloween date three years ago.

A new Monmouth University poll has the Republican now just ten points behind Democrat Chris Coons in the U.S. Senate race.

Two weeks ago, Coons' lead was about 20-percentage points over O'Donnell whose candidacy was increasingly seen as doomed by many.

It still may be. A ten-point lead in a statewide race is still substantial only days before an election.

But to have so much movement towards O'Donnell in a race that had appeared settled is extraordinary if this poll is capturing public sentiment accurately.

I gleaned this little beauty from NPR's piece too:

The Gawker story, which again, hit the Web before this latest poll, appears to be creating something of a sympathy backlash for O'Donnell. So, theoretically, it could even add to her momentum, making the race even closer.
Hmm....check out these details taken from the Monmouth University Poll that NPR cites:

O’Donnell has actually pulled into a 49% to 43% lead in the southern part of the state (i.e. Kent and Sussex counties). Two weeks ago, this region of the state was divided at 47% for O’Donnell and 46% for Coons.

The Democrat continues to hold a sizable advantage in New Castle County, but the current 56% to 36% margin is down from the 63% to 33% edge he held earlier this month.

O’Donnell has also made gains among independent voters, now leading Coons 47% to 42% among this voting bloc.

Two weeks ago, she trailed in the independent vote by 51% to 41%.“While Coons still has the advantage, it has to be uncomfortable knowing that O’Donnell was able to shave 9 points off his lead in just two weeks. The interesting thing is that while her vote total has risen, the majority of Delaware voters still say she is unqualified for the post,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

News like this leads me to believe that polls in California are probably a lot tighter than the government/media complex would leave you to believe.

Check out how awesome this image is from the start page of the Christine O'Donnell for Senate site (click to embiggen):

Now that is effective campaigning!


  1. Tim - In NY, R's are surging...I suspect R's are surging most everywhere

  2. Interesting information.


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