Delaware Senate: Christine O’Donnell May Fare Better With Castle Write-In Bid
by Steven Ertelt
September 27, 2010
Dover, DE (LifeNews.com) — Christine O’Donnell, the pro-life candidate for the competitive Delaware Senate seat, may fare better than she would otherwise if pro-abortion Republican Rep. Mike Castle, who lost to O’Donnell in the GOP primary, mounts a write-in campaign.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Delaware finds pro-abortion Democrat Chris Coons would receive 49 percent in a potential three-way race.
The poll has O’Donnell, who enjoys the backing of pro-life groups, getting 40 percent and Castle receiving 5 percent of the vote in a potential November matchup while another 5 percent are undecided.
"Polling for write-in campaigns is always challenging, so results should be interpreted with caution," pollster Scott Rasmussen warns.
"For this survey, Rasmussen Reports asked respondents about a choice between Coons and O’Donnell without mentioning Castle. That is the choice voters will see when they enter the voting booth. However, when response options were offered to survey respondents, Castles name was mentioned," he added.
Castle has not indicated that he will run a write-in campaign and it is likely that his support could increase if he were to do so. Rasmussen Reports did ask Castle supporters who they would vote for in a two-person race and virtually all said either Coons or not sure.
Jim Geraghty of the conservative National Review publication responded to the new results featuring Castle.
"That last line is the key," he says of Rasmussen indicating Castle voters would mostly back Coons. "I expect we’ll hear a lot of cries that a Castle bid would take away Republican votes from O’Donnell, but at least according to this poll, that is not the case."
The Delaware race is one of a handful that feature candidates who would become the only pro-life women in the Senate should they win their respective races. Others include Carly Fiorina in California, Sharron Angle in Nevada and Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire.
They are making it so some political observers say the November 2010 election could become the "Year of the Pro-Life Woman."
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