October 14th, 2010
12:35 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN 100: In Delaware, a glimmer of hope for Dems

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list ">here. Today's featured district is:

DE-AL: Rep. Mike Castle is retiring
Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: State of Delaware
Days until the election: 19

It's one of the few districts in which Democrats are on offense. The open, at-large seat from Delaware could switch parties for the first time in 17 years.

Republican Rep. Mike Castle, who lost his party's nomination for the Senate to Christine O'Donnell, has represented the first state in the House since 1993. Now, Democrat John Carney is fighting hard to replace him and buck the national trend leaning towards a possible Republican majority in Congress.

The race is tightening up as Election Day draws near. Last week, a Farleigh Dickinson University poll gave Carney a 15 point advantage. On Tuesday, Monmouth University released a poll with Urquhart behind Carney 53 – 44 percent. Both polls had a 3.5 percent margin of error.

The candidates are focusing on unemployment and the economy, each positioning themselves as the one who will help bring in jobs and preserve Delaware's corporate climate. Carney, a former state finance secretary and lieutenant governor, favors a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts, supports the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, and investing in renewable energy for green jobs. Urquhart, a businessman and former Reagan administration official, wants a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts, more private enterprise tax cuts, and opposes the Dodd-Frank bill.

When it comes to money though, Carney significantly outflanks his opponent. At the end of August, he had more than $900,000 cash on hand, while Urquhart had slightly less than $200,000.

Carney also holds an 18 percent lead in the Democratic stronghold of New Castle County, the most populous county in the state. In Kent and Sussex counties, Urquhart holds a 6 percent lead, according to the Monmouth University poll.

If Democrats add any seats to their side this year, Delaware could be one of their best chances.

Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Delaware
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    DEmocrats in DE – Yes We Can!!!

    Keep paying attention and don't let anything SNEAK IN or SLIP UP – those far-RIGHT special interest RepubliCAN'Ts are SNEAKING and CREEPY!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. stevegee

    The citizens of Delaware, along with the rest of the USA, have a choice: vote for a Democrat who will support more of the failed Socialist "change" like ObamaCareless and Stimulust. OR vote for a real patriot, Christine O'Donnell, who will fight for more freedom and liberty to make our country great!

    On November 2nd, vote American, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 14, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(real one)

    A "glimmer" of hope?????? You are kidding. Coons has a 19 point lead, and I bet that the next poll he will be up at least, 25 points. In the debate last night, which was painful to watch, O'Donnell proved how ill prepared she was. All she said was memorized "talking points" her handlers told her "keep talking about Coons negatives" "tell them he is a Marxist"...... when you do not have solutions, no experience, no brains the only thing left is to either lie, misinform or attack.

    Interesting that O'Donnell a conservative Catholic, could not name Roe v. Wade as a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with! My goodness, America, IS this the best and brightest that the Republicans can offer us as a candidate for the Senate?!

    October 14, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Americonio

    This is the Tea-Party/GOP Queen, GOD HELP US!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Debra Tongue

    Last night Christine O'Donnell said she would post the "Ferman & Leiber" statistical report that proves her claim that Delaware's unemployment has doubled in the past 24 months.....I can't find it anywhere on her site. I can't even find Ferman & Leiber on the web, and I've tried multiple spellings. I'd sure love to see this report she claims to draw this bit of information from.

    October 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. sammieb51

    So now Castle is going to create a split that will truly help Mr. Coons. Thanks!!! Odonnel is out and if she thinks that comments she made 15 years ago don't matter in our political world, she needs to study up on some electoral history. She also needs to realize she is APPLYING FOR A JOB and this campaign is her interview. So, the fact that her 'resume' listed fraudulent degrees and colleges, that she's never really been employed and is currently unemployed, that she was a witch and screwed around on a satanic altar as a 'young' girl, presumably before her campaign re: sexual abstanation (up to and including masturbation), actually believes that we now have mice with human brains (you know, the ones that have heads the size of soccer balls – you see them all over dragging their heads around, poor little things!), spends her campaign money to pay HER bills, and that evolution is a hoax because when she goes to the zoo the chimps don't look like they've evolved, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, tells me she is galactically stupid and not even ready for a job at McDonalds. As they kept saying last night, the bar is set 'real low' for her – BUT NOT FOR ME AND NOT FOR YOU, IF YOU DON'T DEMAND MORE THAN THIS FROM YOUR LEADERS, DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT WHERE THEY TAKE YOU! SHE IS SHOWING YOU WHO SHE IS.

    October 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. welches, oregon

    I'd say there was more than a Glimmer – I'd say it was a whole big lazer light show.

    This Witch said, sure disclose where campaign donations come from but just to the SEC, no need to let the people who actually vote know where her money comes from and how it's spent. BIG RED FLAG!

    What more does anyone need to know about this person?

    October 14, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |