September 14th, 2010
05:27 PM ET
13 years ago


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What does it take to decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate? Maybe fewer than 55,000 Delaware votes.

That's what worries top Republican party officials. Here's the logic. Party big wigs in Delaware and nationwide believe that Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell cannot win a general election in November. They're convinced that if she gets the Republican nomination today, Democrats will hold the Delaware Senate seat in November. And top Democrats and Republicans agree this seat could keep the US Senate in Democratic hands.

As for the numbers: there are 182,796 registered Republicans in Delaware. In a hotly contested primary in 2008 the state saw a high 28% turnout. This race has garnered a lot of media attention so even if the turnout is 30% that's 54,838 voters. My producer points out: that's about the number of people who attend a college football game. So following that logic, a stadium size group of voters today could potentially determine who controls the US Senate in November.

Filed under: 2010 • Delaware • Trail Running
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. June in Chicago

    Now that's scary.

    September 14, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Bill L - California

    It only took one appointed Supreme Court Justice to control the entire nation in 2000...

    Never underestimate the value of every vote.

    September 14, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. marg

    I left the Republican Party because of RINOs, and Bush in particular.

    I only vote for fiscal conservatives. An R after your name means nothing any longer. Sad.

    How many like me are out there?

    September 14, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Jacob

    we Democrats are going to owe the Tea Party big time this November! Thank you, Tea Party!!! keep up the great work!

    September 14, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Go Christine!

    September 14, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. weatherson

    this is the day so rejoyce and be exceeding

    September 14, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |