November 4th, 2008
08:32 PM ET
8 years ago

Biden wins Senate re-election

Democratic Sen. Joe Biden was re-elected to his seventh term in the U.S. Senate Tuesday night.

Democratic Sen. Joe Biden was re-elected to his seventh term in the U.S. Senate Tuesday night.

CHICAGO (CNN) - If things don't turn out well for the Democratic ticket tonight, Joe Biden can be comforted by the fact that he won't be out of a job.

In a race that was essentially a foregone conclusion, Biden was re-elected to his seventh term in the U.S. Senate Tuesday night, beating 39-year-old Republican challenger Christine O'Donnell.

Biden hasn't campaigned for re-election since becoming the vice presidential nominee on the Democratic ticket, but he did release a one-minute campaign ad and mention his re-election at Delaware's Jefferson-Jackson dinner on October 13.

"Just remember folks, I am on the ballot. Don't be carried away with this vice president stuff. I am on the ballot running for my seventh term," said Biden. "So don't forget, don't stop at the top of that ticket, walk your way down. You can vote twice for the first time in your life for the same guy and it be legal."

O'Donnell is a conservative activist and marketing consultant who has never held political office and who has complained that Biden hasn't come home to campaign against her.

"If he was a true servant of the people, he would honor the office of U.S. Senate ... at least feign an attempt of running," O'Donnell told Politico.

Around Wilmington, Biden doesn't have the usual 'for Senate' campaign signs, instead his simply read "Delaware's Joe Biden," and he has said in the past that Delaware voters simply know him as "Joe."

If Biden becomes the vice president-elect, the duty falls to the state's governor to name a replacement when Biden resigns, which he said he would do when sworn in as vice president. The new Democratic governor, Jack Markell, would name someone to serve until 2010 at which point an election will be held.

There is strong speculation that Biden's son Beau, the state's attorney general and a captain in Delaware's National Guard awaiting deployment to Iraq, would run for his father's seat.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Delaware • Joe Biden • Senate
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Kent Franklin TN

    mac, it worked. Biden is beautiful.

    November 4, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Greekoropi

    GO BIDEN! Wow, seventh term... that says A LOT. I am proud to have voted for you and Barack. Good luck and God Bless!

    November 4, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. eco

    i'm sure Obama is going to win tonight. and this is going to be a real history and dream came true...

    November 4, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. Happy

    Don't be bitter Mac. Joe Biden paid for everything he owns himself, and an fyi - Biden is considered to be one of the few US Senators who is not a personal multi-millionaire. Biden pays his own way and hasn't been greedy. Don't be bitter about your loss tonight.

    November 4, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Vix Expat in Tokyo

    You served us well as a Senator, Joe. But now it's time to take your rightful place as Vice President. Can't wait to see you in action in your new post.

    November 4, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. katy

    Lamar – Who will replace Senator Biden? Senator Biden.

    November 4, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. ak

    No Biden. No thanks. Not for senator. Not for vp.

    November 4, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. voter

    Angela, sounds just like what they say before the stick a needle in you. So if McCain wins, do you have the same advice for us Americans? Or can we tell the rest of the world to "settle down" it will all be alright.

    As for this article, it's the first I've heard that he was even running. I'm sure that the media didn't find interest in the fact that he didn't want to go for the VP job without a fallback on the public dole? Hey Joe, ever held a real job? 7 terms?

    November 4, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. oneluv

    With RIGHTEOUS wind behind your back........ What more do you EXPECT.......

    November 4, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. Helen,Ft Lauderdale

    Joe Biden is one fabulous man. He is so down to earth and real. Go Joe!!

    November 4, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Hammer

    to the top the very top let's ROCK!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. former gop

    Oh, why can't all politicians be Joe Biden?!!! Thank you, God, for this night. The smart people of this country are taking back the flag!

    November 4, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Modobi_F

    Biden and Obama both look cute ...tall and handsome...Whitehouse will be flowing with cute dudes..

    November 4, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan


    November 4, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. kamsterkat


    November 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
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