Christine O'Donnell considering another Senate bid
September 16th, 2012
12:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Christine O'Donnell considering another Senate bid

(CNN) – Christine O'Donnell, the tea party favorite whose unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 was punctuated by a television ad proclaiming "I am not a witch," says she's considering another run to represent Delaware in 2014.

"I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a run," O'Donnell told Delaware Online. "People sacrificed. Not only came out of their comfort zone – sacrificed to work hard in order to win the primary. And I think that I owe it to them to give it every consideration."

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In 2010, O'Donnell won Delaware's GOP primary contest against nine-term Rep. Mike Castle, who enjoyed backing from the national Republican establishment. She went on to lose by a large margin to the Democratic candidate, now-Sen. Chris Coons.

During the campaign, an interview emerged in which O'Donnell told talk show host Bill Maher that she had "dabbled in witchcraft" during college. Her campaign later produced a television ad in which she proclaimed, "I'm not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you."

More recently, O'Donnell backed Mitt Romney early in the GOP presidential primary season, writing in December that she hoped her endorsement would "cause others to give him a second look."

Romney welcomed the endorsement, writing that O'Donnell "recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations."

If O'Donnell does jump into the 2014 Senate race and wins the GOP nomination, she will again face Coons, who will be up for re-election in two years after finishing out the length of Joe Biden's term. Biden was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008, but gave up his seat to serve as vice president beginning in 2009.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. James Klimaski

    There is no surprise here. Campaigning is her job. That's how she will get paid. She is probably hurting for money right now and, since she hasn't been able to capitalize on her celebrity status, it is time for her to go on the campaign trail. Her house will be her campaign HQ, so campaign contributions can pay the mortgage. Meals, well that's a necessary campaign expense, clothes, you name it, it's a campaign expense. She's in the money for another two years.

    September 17, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  2. Don

    Have broom will travel. Run Christine run.

    September 17, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  3. sick of republican phonies

    PLEASE RUN. WE WILL ALL SUPPORT YOU. Signed, Hopeful democrat

    September 17, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  4. TomNPitt

    What in the world is she thinking about? Who has given this piece of advice? How can anyone vote for this unemployed lunatic, spelled w-i-t-c-h !! That's not really something you can be cured of – unless you just say Jesus saved you; then you're OK to receive conservative votes.

    September 17, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  5. wgf

    She should definitely run. She would be the perfect representative for the Republican Party.

    September 17, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  6. Dave

    Are you kidding me?

    September 17, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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