Who’s running: New Castle Co. Exec. Chris Coons (D) is running against ‘08 nominee/‘06 candidate/marketing consultant Christine O’Donnell (R).
Money: As of 10/13, Coons had raised $3.29M and spent $2.33M, leaving him with $958K CoH. O’Donnell had raised $4.92M and spent $3.55M, leaving her with $1.36M CoH.
Poll times: Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm EST.
Closing argument: Coons highlighted O’Donnell’s “strange” statements with the TV ad “Twilight.” O’Donnell attacked Coons’ record on taxes while promoting being an “outsider” in “She’ll Stand For Her Principles.” O’Donnell also tried to run a 30-minute TV ad 10/31 and 11/1, though the local cable station did not air it.
Newspaper endorsements: Coons was endorsed by Wilmington News Journal.
Prominent surrogates: Pres. Obama, VP Biden, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) have all stumped for Coons.
O’Donnell Coons Pollster Date MoE Lead
41 51 Monmouth* 10/25-27 2.9 D+
36 57 FDU 10/20-26 3.5 D+
Third Time’s A Charm
‘08 nominee/‘06 candidate/marketing consultant Christine O’Donnell‘s (R) camp “has run into obstacles” getting a 30-minute TV ad to air after the camp “did not purchase advance time on networks” in the Philly or DE markets and “networks did not have time available to air the ad on such short notice.”
Additionally, after O’Donnell “turned to a public access television station” to air the ad, a source said “said the station ‘forgot to air it’” 10/31 PM. O’Donnell, in tweet after ad did not air: “Okay… this is NOT our show! Must be a programming mix up. We will get back to you…”
Then, O’Donnell’s camp “issued a press release saying the ad would air” on Channel 28 11/1 “and again, it did not air.” O’Donnell, in tweet: “This isn’t our show either! We are told channel 28 ‘forgot’ to air it…both times… even though we paid for the time slot last week.”
Channel 28 exec. producer Tim Qualls “said in an interview the ad did not air because O’Donnell’s campaign did not bring a tape to the production studio by the agreed upon deadline.” O’Donnell reserved the time on 11/28 for $2.2K “and agreed to bring a tape by” 11/29 at 5PM. Qualls: “I did not receive a tape until Sunday night at one of my employees’ houses. It has nothing to do with us refusing to air it. I just didn’t get the tape by my deadline” (Rucker, Washington Post, 11/1).
Qualls “called on O’Donnell to clarify that the campaign was at fault so the incident doesn’t hurt his reputation” and “said he has been bombarded by nasty phone and e-mail messages, some including threats.” Qualls: “I want something coming from her office saying something on this. Don’t make me look like I forgot … I got like 200 e-mails from people cussing me out.”
O’Donnell’s camp, in a statement 11/1, called it a “misunderstanding” that “also involved a third-party broker.” O’Donnell’s camp, in statement: “Mr. Qualls is being incredibly cooperative now. We are sincerely sorry for any misunderstanding that has transpired.”
Qualls “said the video is now running twice” 11/1 and four times 11/2 (Evans, AP, 11/1).
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