Coons, O'Donnell looking towards Nov. 2nd

WILMINGTON - October 21, 2010

With 12 days to go, Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell has word that tea party firebrand Sarah Palin is likely to squeeze in a Delaware stop to stump for her.

"We're going up in the polls, we went up 10-points in the polls, we've got about 2 weeks left; I'm very confident we're going to continue to go up," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell has been the subject of scorn and mockery on late night comedy shows because of past statements about dabbling in witchcraft as a teen and later, TV ads denying she was a witch. She now says those ads were a mistake.

In an exclusive interview today, O'Donnell addressed NAACP allegations that some tea party factions are linked to white supremacist organizations.

"Any elements of racism, any racist remarks, I would clearly denounce. We don't need that in politics, we don't need that in Delaware, we don't need that in our country," O'Donnell said.

Chris Coons, Delaware's Democratic nominee for Senate, had a major power lunch today. His guest was Washington powerhouse Dick Durbin, the senior senator from Illinois.

Having a double-digit lead in the polls, Coons is trying to remain low-key.

"I don't think she's surging, but frankly, the only poll that matters is the one that's taken on November 2nd. I'm going to continue working hard each and every day from now until then to earn the vote of every Delawarean, particularly those who haven't made up their minds," Coons said.

"We are confident that he's going to be running a good, strong campaign, we like the numbers that we see, and he's going to be a great edition in the Senate," Durbin said.

By winning the GOP primary, Christine O'Donnell upset the proverbial apple cart in Delaware where the politics has long had a cozy, country club atmosphere.

The burning question: Can O'Donnell shake things up even further by pulling off what would be a stunning upset victory on November 2nd?

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