While most candidates are making their final rounds at community centers, schools and businesses, urging people to get out and vote, Republican Senate candidate from Delaware Christine O’Donnell decided to go straight to Delawarean’s homes.
O’Donnell bought eight spots, each the same length as a sitcom without commercials, to air on a local cable network and Delaware’s Fox affiliate. The ad was part biographical, part pitch from O’Donnell and bandwagoners to garner votes. O’Donnell continued her message of “I am you” with 24 minutes of business owners, teachers and doctors expressing concern about the foggy future ahead. O’Donnell promises to address tax problems by staving off tax increases on the top 2 percent, which include small businesses, and improve the education system with “Race to the Top” funds that require “a one size fits all ciriculum.”
Come Sunday night, O’Donnell supporters, who were likely waiting for the ad with baited breathe, were disappointed when no advertisement aired at the reported 11:30 p.m. airtime. The Monday morning advertisement also failed to air.
A war of tweets ensued as O’Donnell’s camp feverishly typed away their frustration that the cable network “forgot to air it”¦both times”¦even though we paid for the time slot last week.”
Varying accounts as to why the advertisement did not air have circulated including the network executive producer Tim Qualls accusing O’Donnell of not submitting the ad in time for airing. According to the Wilmington News Journal, Qualls said he sold her airtime but did not promise her a Sunday night airing at 11:30, as the “Tim Qualls Show” airs at that time and he “doesn’t bump that for anybody.”
Qualls reported being inundated with calls from constituents who were eager to see O’Donnell’s final attempt to win voters in the first state.
The ad finally aired on Monday afternoon and later in the evening. More ads are expected to run on election morning.