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Oct. 2, 2013, 2 p.m.

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.

Latest polls:

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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