November 4th, 2008
08:32 PM ET
4 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. Mac

    Who cares- Joe Biden can now go back for Botox and hairplugs at

    the taxpayers expense.

    November 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Obama/Biden 08

    Joe Biden is amazing. Let's hope that he's our VP-elect.

    With Pennsylvania and New Hampshire going to Obama, he will almost definitely win!

    November 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. AirDiva in NC for OBAMA

    Say it ain't so Joe!!! There you go again with your bad self!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. linda from South Dakota

    joe way to go,,,,, another ones on its way for ya,, woohoo, yes we can

    November 4, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Angela Naugle, NS Canada

    You Americans are all so lucky to get to vote for Obama!
    Many Canadians wish we could!
    The World loves him- please relax Republicans, he is going to make your country a better place, just relax, calm down and let it happen- Good things are around the corner with Obama as your President.
    Don't worry, be happy!

    November 4, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. bob in LA

    A biden for a Biden- good for America

    November 4, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. big daddy

    FIND A GOOD DEM.TO FILL YOU SHOES JOE,WE LOVE YOU !!!

    November 4, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. Lamar

    I believe Senator Biden will be a good vice president..Who will replace Senator Biden?

    November 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Monica

    Obama is going to win..Bidne already has a job as our VP. This is so awesome. Im am proud to be apart of history.

    November 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. seg

    You go, Joe!

    November 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. David

    Obama is going to win and I'm really excited! I don't agree with his decision to run for the Senate; he should have faith in winning VP. I guess everyone isn't like me but, go Obama

    November 4, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. Nik

    some of you look stupid when you ask who will replace Joe...Article says Beau might run...

    November 4, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Mr. Carter

    Wow, when you have Canadians saying that they wish they could vote for Obama, you know that we're really in the big seat..!!

    I BARACKed The Vote @ 6:23am..!!

    Obama/Biden 2008

    November 4, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. Matt

    Haha he will be Delewares' senator and vice president at the same time

    November 4, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. New Mexican

    hopefully Delaware will take one for the country and keep Joe home.

    November 4, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Arariel

    Wait... so he's going to be VP AND Senator?
    I didn't think that was allowed...

    November 4, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Martha

    I love you Joe, that is Vice-President Joe!!

    November 4, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. Obamafan from NY!!

    Biden is such an eloquent speaker and an amazing man... no matter what position he is destined for.. he will do an EXCELLENT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA n BIDEN... go PAINT THAT WHITE HOUSE BLUEEEEE!!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. Tina .S

    God Bless Biden!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Tina .S

    God bless Biden

    November 4, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Tim

    Hurray for Vice President Joe Biden, and Hurray for future Senator Beau Biden! Maybe in 8 years we could see a Biden Biden ticket for the Whitehouse!

    November 4, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOMEONE AS QUALIFIED AS YOU TO REPLACE YOU WHEN YOU MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND, WAY TO GO JOE.

    November 4, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Ryan

    Arariel, you need to REREAD the whole thing again.

    November 4, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Aadip

    Awesome. He's good either way!!!

    His seat will go to a Democratic if Obama wins or he'll keep it himself if McCain wins.

    November 4, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Miguel Paulino

    Latinos with Obama. He's the president we need to change this country. http://www.linieros.com

    November 4, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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