Delaware Senate race

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Feds Investigate O'Donnell's Campaign Spending

FBI looks into whether she used campaign money for personal expenses

(Newser) - Potential trouble for Christine O'Donnell: The FBI is investigating whether she used campaign money for personal expenses, reports the AP . (The story is based on an anonymous source, and it notes that nothing has been referred to a grand jury.) O'Donnell raised $7.3 million in her unsuccessful run... More »

Christine O'Donnell: 'Our Voices Were Heard'

Says the GOP 'will never be the same'

(Newser) - Doesn't sound like Christine O'Donnell will be fading away: "Our voices were heard and we're not going to be quiet now," she said in her concession speech tonight. "This is just the beginning." Democrat Chris Coons defeated her handily in the Delaware Senate race—the margin... More »

O'Donnell Has Trouble Naming Democratic Senators

But GOP hopeful is a big Hillary Clinton fan

(Newser) - Christine O’Donnell seemed stymied when asked during last night's debate to name a Democratic senator she’d feel comfortable working with. She gave two names—but neither is currently a Democratic senator. First she mentioned Hillary Clinton, acknowledging “she’s not a senator any more.” Then she... More »

Christine O'Donnell to GOP: Hellllllllp!

Also, you want to fight?

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell continued her strange tango with the Republican Party today, appearing on ABC to apparently kick the NRSC in the shins, while simultaneously asking it to open up its wallet. "We're hoping that the National Republican Senatorial Committee will help us. But it's two and a half weeks... More »

What Happens in College Stays in College

But not if you're in college at age 40, Christine O'Donnell

(Newser) - Ah, college: That time of experimentation and rebellion—and especially youthful indiscretions, most of which oughtn't be fodder for debate when indiscreet youths grow up and run for political office, writes Gail Collins in the New York Times. "Nothing anyone did in college short of a felony should count... More »

Democrats Pick Up Steam in Senate Races

Reid and Angle a tossup, Manchin and Murray now favored

(Newser) - After a several straight losing weeks, the Democrats gained ground in the battle for the Senate this week, according to New York Times polling guru Nate Silver. Based on 100,000 simulations, Silver’s FiveThirtyEight prediction model now gives the GOP just an 18% chance to take the Senate, down... More »

Christine O'Donnell: GOP Has Abandoned Me

... Because she trails by 19 points

(Newser) - She can't remember any recent Supreme Court cases, but Christine O'Donnell isn't about to forget how the GOP is sitting on its wallet instead of pouring cash into her gaffe-infused race. “The Republican Party on the state level, or on the national level, neither have come in to help... More »

O'Donnell Blanks on Court Cases in Debate

And brushes off old comments; rival Chris Coons says they still matter

(Newser) - It's like deja vu all over again: The question that tripped up Sarah Palin two years ago stumped Christine O'Donnell as well. Squaring off against Democrat Chris Coons in a nationally televised debate, O'Donnell was asked which recent Supreme Court opinions she disagreed with. After stumbling for a moment (and... More »

Neighbors Spill the Beans on Christine O'Donnell

Nothing crazy, but she did host frequent slumber parties with boyfriend

(Newser) - Is the real Christine O’Donnell really just like you? Rebecca Dana of the Daily Beast decided to ask the candidate's old neighbors to find out, and most spoke relatively well of her. “To me, she never said anything nuts,” said one teacher at a nearby Catholic school.... More »

SNL Conjures New O'Donnell Witch Ad

She's just a few newts away from making you forget everything

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell and her recent "I'm not a witch" campaign ad made their inevitable appearance on Saturday Night Live last night, with actress Kristen Wigg debuting her own commercial, reports the AP. "Isn't that what the people of Delaware deserve?" asks Wiig, as O'Donnell. "A candidate who... More »

O'Donnell Ad: 'I'm Not a Witch'

'I'm you,' candidate says in first TV ad

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell wants Delaware voters to know that she's not a witch. The GOP Senate candidate addressed negative publicity head-on in her first TV ad, the Washington Post reports. "I am not a witch," announced O'Donnell, who told Bill Maher she had "dabbled in witchcraft" in a... More »

Christine O'Donnell's Dad: Bozo the Clown

Delaware candidate gives rare interview to mainstream media

(Newser) - The New York Times scores a rare interview with Christine O'Donnell, which doesn't result in substantive news but does provide some nuggets:
  • Her dad, Daniel, "worked a series of small television roles before scoring his signature gig—playing Bozo the Clown." (No further details on that; Larry Harmon
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Christine O'Donnell Fudges Claim About Oxford

She didn't attend, but she did take a course in a building owned by the university

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell seems to have falsely embellished her education record on her LinkedIn bio, reports the Plum Line blog of the Washington Post . The bio says she attended Oxford and studied Post-Modernism in the New Millennium, "but it turns out that was just a course conducted by an institution... More »

O'Donnell: I'll Stop the Whole Country From Having Sex

Another day, another old video

(Newser) - Another old video of Christine O'Donnell is getting buzzed about today after Greg Sargent wrote about it at his Plum Line blog . In the 2003 clip, O'Donnell is in a TV debate on teenage sex, when a critic disagrees with her strategy of abstinence. "You're going to stop the... More »

O'Donnell's Generation X Roots May Explain All

Meghan Daum: She came of age amid the AIDS crisis of the 1980s

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell is often dismissed as a Sarah Palin wannabe or a "sanctimonious wingnut," but it's worth noting that the candidate is a full-fledged member of Generation X, writes Meghan Daum. It was in the "gloom and apprehension" of the late 1980s and early '90s—with... More »

Sex Columnist Suggests Unique Tribute to O'Donnell

Dan Savage declares masturbation days in her honor

(Newser) - It was maybe just a matter of time: Sex columnist Dan Savage is calling for a "Masturbate to Christine O'Donnell Day" in honor of her anti-masturbation views of old. "But why limit it to one day?" he asks in his Savage Love column at Nerve . "I hereby... More »

O'Donnell Calls Opponent 'Bearded Marxist'

He says it was a college joke

(Newser) - Christine O’Donnell tried to deflect attention to her Democratic challenger last night in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show. After laughing off her comments that she “dabbled into witchcraft," she said that Chris Coons had done some questionable things in his youth, too. “He made... More »

O'Donnell: Using Campaign Funds on Rent Is Fine

Candidate blames 'liberal front group' for ethics complaint

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell believes using campaign funds to pay rent on her home is "ethical." She made the comment in response to complaints filed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which is charging that she treated campaign funds like a personal ATM. The complaint from CREW,... More »

O'Donnell Dodges News Shows

She denies vanishing act has anything to do with 'witchcraft'

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell dodged news shows yesterday as critics held the Delaware Senate candidate's feet to the fire over her witchcraft dabbling. But she couldn't keep her reasons straight for why she was a last-minute no-show. O'Donnell handlers told Fox News Sunday she was "exhausted," but the candidate later... More »

O'Donnell Laughs Off Witchcraft Comment

Wishes she could put a spell on Karl Rove

(Newser) - Karl Rove thinks she's going to have to to address it seriously (see his comments today ), but Christine O'Donnell is apparently hoping a more lighthearted approach will make the fuss over her old witchcraft dabbling go away. "I was in high school," she said at a public... More »

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