October 29th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll shows surge for O'Donnell in Delaware

(CNN) - A surprising new Senate poll in Delaware shows Republican Christine O'Donnell may be in striking distance of Democrat Chris Coons.

According to the new survey from Monmouth University, the surprise Republican nominee is only 10 points behind Coons, drawing 41 percent of the vote. In a previous Monmouth poll conducted two weeks ago, O'Donnell trailed by 19 points.

But the latest Monmouth survey differs substantially from two other recent polls, including a Farleigh Dickinson survey released Thursday that showed a 21-point advantage for Coons and a CNN/Time poll released earlier this month that indicated a 19-point lead for Coons.

The latest Monmouth poll surveyed 1,171 voters between October 25-27 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Check out the latest polls in the CNN Polling Center

Filed under: Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Polls
soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. LOL

    A 10 point gap on a single outlier poll is within striking distance? Newsflash nospin – Delaware fell in the primary because independents are excluded from the Republican primary. The vote came down to 15% turnout in a segment that represents 29% of the Delaware electorate under the best of circumstances. Simple version – roughly 3% of the Delaware electorate voted for her in the primary. Good luck getting the rest.

    October 29, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Jose Lopez

    Yes the left is complete in denial. The American People will talk Nov 2. Go America wake up.

    October 29, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Fixer2010

    Wow – people might actually vote for a candidate that wants to outlaw masterb*tion, has not a clue about what the Constitution entails, claims to be an expert on said Constitution because of a "fellowship" she attended for seven (yes 7) days, wants to overturn 'Roe VS Wade' and strip women of their rights to choose, and probably has the I.Q. not equivalent to her shoe size - I don't see this happening, but if it does, thank you GOD I don't live in Delaware.

    October 29, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Hypocrisy

    Ok democRATS...the gal dabbled in witchcraft in high school....let me repeat....HIGH SCHOOL. And she confessed to it on Bill Maher show 10 years ago. Obama did drugs and cocaine and other stuff in HIGH SCHOOL and college and confessed to it in his own books.

    He got his act together and became President of the United States...she got her act together and is running for Congress.

    Get over it!

    October 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. dwayne

    Loved her know nothing interview with TV station. All her answers come from some stupid christian data base; a god that died almost 2000 yrs ago.

    October 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. CStevens

    I wouldn't vote for her, but i'd like to tea bag 'er.

    October 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Joe

    all you people who says she doesn't know the constitution, the truth is you don't. It is not written anywhere in the consttitution about the separation of church and state. Get your facts right, she was right. Its amazing how people who call her ignorant need to look in the mirror. This just shows how dumb people in this country are, and if that is the only reason if it was true not to vote for her then why vote for anybody. I bet nobody in congress or senate even the president knows exactly what is in the constitution word for word. But, it definitely says nothing about separation of church and state.

    October 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Former Republican, but never again!

    I don't care if she's a Republican, a Democrat, or any other party. She's a moron and God help this country if Americans are crazy enough to elect her to the Senate!

    October 29, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. dwayne

    Her thoughts are useless.

    October 29, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. The_Mick

    Experiments have often shown that people will hurt themselves rather than see someone else gain more than they do. That's the only reason I can figure this nutjob (John McCain's daughter's description) is getting even 1% of the vote. For example, the following experiment has been done often: a class of students is divided up into twos, told they'll be given $1000, and one of the two is asked how much of the $1000 the 2nd partner will get. The catch is that if both partners do not agree on the split, they don't get the $1000. It turns out that most 2nd partners say they don't want the money at all if the 1st partner keeps more. So they'd rather lose $300 than see the first partner get $700. Welcome to the politics of anger!

    October 29, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Wake up "TSUNAMI WARNING," everyone is sick of you evil name-calling trolls. There are millions of Democrats, Independents and Republicans who love their country and just want whats best for our nation and its people. And it isn't mistreating women to say it's laughable when someone announces that a week at a right-wing think tank qualifies her to be a US Senator. Anyone, woman or man, who would make such a statement is an ass.

    October 29, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Real Moderate

    Best comment was from "PA Moderate" bahahah.

    I haven't done a lot of homework on her but she doesn't seem any more radical than many of the leaders on the left. You guys just get so worked up if anything is associated with Palin or the Teaparty (t -baggers as you like to say). Get a grip. and please get over your fascination with Palin – I can't stand reading about her everyday!

    October 29, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. ghp

    Delawareans are not that stupid.

    The Tea Party which is financed by BIG BUSINESS wants people that will vote "Yes" when the say vote "Yes" ........and ......vote "No" when they say vote "No". Someone that can think for themselves is not a good candidate for the Tea Party.

    October 29, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Andrew

    I've said this before. I think all voters should take classes in business and economics before being allowed to vote. Maybe then, the liberals will stop blaming the Republics for the economic problems.

    October 29, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. GL

    Please people I believe these polls are lying to the American voters to suppress us from voting. There is not way the Major of the American people are going to vote this these far to the right nuts. This woman is worst then Sara Paliln. She is a stone uneducated nut.

    October 29, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. jake1969

    TSUNAMI WARNING, and, of course, you all have been so respectful and decent to Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and the democrat women, right? Believe what you want to believe, but at least look in a mirror! Both sides do it. I have a coworker who's a hardcore republican, and he emailed me a "forward" the other day that talked about visualizing holding Pelosi underwater and drowning her. Now that's real classy. Hypocrites!

    nospingrl, enough with the "saving our country" garbage. When the conservatives take power and continue to slash research and development and tech spending, Europe, China and the other nations flooding investment into technology and going to leave us behind. And, liberals are americans every bit as much as you are or moderates like myself are. You always have to have an enemy don't you?

    October 29, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Lindsay

    I can't decide how the media is going to react on the night of the 2nd / AM on the 3rd. Are they going to act shocked when the House and Senate turn over, or backpedal and cover it like they knew it the whole time.... ? LOL. Morons.

    October 29, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. dwayne

    Her thoughts are amost as stupid as palin's.

    October 29, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Jude

    the dumbin down of america continues. that lipstick does not cover up the fact, we have pitbulls, bullies and ignorants being spewed out onto the american public by some very powerful greedy folks who will use their clowns to keep the lemmings entertained. bet this fool buys everything being told to her.

    October 29, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. C

    I've enjoyed reading the comments posted for this article. What most folks have missed is that the article is simply a piece to draw out more democrats and left leaners to the polls in Delaware. (Essentially a free, non-taxed political ad.) The only way for the article to be effective is to title it "surge for O'Donnell" and to say that she is "may be in striking distance".

    October 29, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. dwayne

    Let me spell this correctly. Type-o. - Her thoughts are almost as stupid as palin's.

    October 29, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Joel Miller

    Since when is 10 points within stalking distance. This headline is deceiving. When the dust settles a lot of these tea partiers are going to be toast. You can already see O'Donnell, Joe Miller, Fiorina-Whitman and others free falling. Next Toomey, Buck, Johnson (Wisconsin). And the few that do manage to get elected will rapidly fold themselves within the Republican establishment of McConnell, Cantor, McCain, Boehner and the rest of that crew.

    October 29, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. LacrosseMom(real one)

    CNN, talk about exaggeration! "Surge"?????? This woman is inept! Delawarians know it. The Koch brothers "Tea Party" will soon be a footnote in history along side the "Moral Majority" "The Christian Coalition" "John Birch Society" and "Joe McCarthy"!

    October 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. GL

    DEMOCRATS – There are going to be a lot of TRICKS and TREATS in the news from now until Tuesday!!!! I like what "vic nashville tn" said – 'it's a Halloween special"!!! Don’t be TRICKED into staying home on November 2, 2010 and WATCH OUT for the TREATS and tidbits handed out to you from the MEDIA!!! Just GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

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


    I approve your message as well. Hey alot of people are getting suppressed becasue of all these stupid pollings. Please people understand this is what these polls are design to do is to suppressed us from voting and make us believe OUR VOTES DON'T CUT. Media are brought and paid for just the some Republicans in Congress are. Do not all these polling suppressed us from voting. Voting is our ONLY way to have our voices heard. We are fighting up agains the BIG CORPORATIONS AND THE RACIST GOP'S OF THE WORLD and the only way we are going to be able to beat them is by our VOTES!

    October 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Johnny Five

    Polls are polls.

    Unless the election is rigged, we'll know 100% come Tuesday night.

    Who cares about polls. They are a game for you to follow like baseball.

    October 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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