November 2nd, 2010
08:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Exit Polls: the surprise in Delaware

(CNN) - The thing about Delaware is: it's no Kentucky.

The Tea Party's first Senate loss of the night may be no big surprise - the only question heading into tonight's been how big a victory margin Chris Coons would capture over Christine O'Donnell. But the exit polls lay out the political and demographic roadblocks facing any Tea Party favorite here.

Nearly half the state's voters describe themselves as moderate. Nearly another 1 in 4 call themselves liberal. This is Biden country: 58 percent of Delaware voters say they approve of President Obama's job performance. And 36 percent say they strongly oppose the Tea Party.

If GOP voters are feeling any buyer's remorse, they may take some solace in one surprising stat: despite pre-election polls that showed longtime Republican Rep. Mike Castle handily beating Coons in a hypothetical matchup, the voters who turned out today said they would still probably have sent Coons to Washington over Castle, backing him 44-43 percent.

Filed under: 2010 Election Exit Polls • Delaware
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. John

    This was no surprise.

    November 2, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Marty

    O donnell is toast. Thank god we won't hear that voice for a while.

    November 2, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    People of Delaware realize that their livelyhood is not a game. If you vote to hurt the other guy, it will affect you also.

    November 2, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Frank Blackman

    So... exit polls have a margin of error of less than 1%? In a poll 44-43 is a tie right?

    November 2, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Seriously O'Donnell? With your fake and phone waves and eye stretches to those you see, did you really think you had a chance in h3ll? Poor fool, lost yet again, give it up, Republicans are NOT going to win in a landslide, dream on Fox idiots, dream on.

    November 2, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Jay

    Ding, dong the witch is dead, the witch is dead, the witch is dead!

    November 2, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |