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Christine O'Donnell

Born August 27, 1969 (1969-08-27) (age 40)
Political party Republican
Residence Little Italy, Wilmington, Delaware
Occupation political commentator, marketing consultant
Religion Roman Catholic

Christine O'Donnell (born August 27, 1969)[1] is an American marketing consultant and political commentator. She ran for the Republican Party nomination for the United States Senate election in Delaware in 2006, and was the party's nominee in the state's 2008 United States Senate election, losing to Joe Biden. She is running again for the same seat in Delaware's 2010 Senate special election.



O'Donnell is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she received a B.A. in English and Communications.[2][3] She then worked in conservative issue advocacy and for the Republican National Committee.[4] She moved to Delaware in 2003 to work for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.[5] After she was dismissed by them, she sued ISI for wrongful termination. By O'Donnell's own account, the gender discrimination suit was later dropped due to a lack of funds.[5][3]

O'Donnell works as a marketing consultant[5] and has provided political commentary on numerous television news programs, such as The O'Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, and Glenn Beck.[2] O'Donnell resides in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a conservative Catholic[1] known for her vocal opposition to abortion, pornography, and premarital sex.[5][3]

O'Donnell (far left) taking part in the 2006 Return Day parade in Georgetown, Delaware

O'Donnell ran for the Republican nomination in the 2006 United States Senate election in Delaware, finishing last in a three-way race[6] with 17 percent of the vote behind winner Jan C. Ting and second-placer Michael D. Protack.[7] She then ran as a pro-life, write-in candidate in the general election against Ting and prevailing incumbent Democrat Thomas R. Carper, finishing with 4 percent of the vote.[4]

She was uncontested in the Republican primary for the 2008 Senate race[8] after beating businessman Tim Smith at the state party convention with over 60 percent of the vote.[3] Her general election opponent was Senator Joe Biden, who was also running for vice president with Barack Obama on the Obama-Biden ticket.[4] O'Donnell tried to make an issue of Biden's dual campaigns, claiming that serving his constituents is not important to him, and criticizing his not being willing to participate in debates and candidate forums.[4][9][10] Opinion polling during the race showed that O'Donnell was behind by a two-to-one margin. Minutes after the polls closed on November 4, 2008, NBC and other news organizations called the race for Biden.[9] There has been some controversy recently regarding an independent contractor for the 2008 campaign who alleges he still has not been fully paid for campaign services two years later. The man claims that he was never paid more than $1000 and, though he never had a formal contract with the campaign, he even put his own money into her campaign without ever being reimbursed. According to the former campaign employee, the money was simply spent elsewhere.[11]

Biden subsequently resigned the seat to become vice president, and Ted Kaufman was appointed to replace him; Kaufman indicated he would not run in the 2010 Senate special election to elect a replacement to serve out the full term. In February 2009, O'Donnell indicated that she would be running in that special election, and expressed concern that the Obama stimulus package showed that the United States was headed in the direction of socialism.[12] She began fund-raising appeals.[13] In October 2009, she reiterated that she was running, despite the entrance into the race of Republican Congressman and former Governor Mike Castle.[14] A Rasmussen Reports poll taken at the time portrayed what was likely to be a highly competitive race; O'Donnell only trailed possible Democratic nominee Beau Biden by a single-digit margin while Castle was ahead of Biden by a single-digit margin.[15] In January 2010, Biden indicated he would not run and Castle became the favorite to take the seat.[16] On March 10, 2010, O'Donnell officially announced her candidacy before a small group of supporters at University of Delaware – Wilmington.[17][18] In her remarks, O'Donnell criticized excessive government spending, said that Castle was the most liberal Republican in the House, and said that the Tea Party movement and grassroots anti-incumbent trends would be in her favor.[17][18]

Election results

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes Pct Opponent Party Votes Pct
2006 U.S. Senator Primary Jan C. Ting Republican 6,110 43% Michael D. Protack
Christine O'Donnell
Republican 5,771
2006 U.S. Senator General Thomas R. Carper Democratic 170,567 70% Jan C. Ting
Christine O'Donnell
2008 U.S. Senator Primary Christine O'Donnell Republican n/a n/a Uncontested
2008 U.S. Senator General Joe Biden Democratic 257,484[20] 64.7% Christine O'Donnell Republican 140,584[20] 35.3%


  1. ^ a b "Candidate Biography: Christine O'Donnell (R)". Fox News. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  2. ^ a b "About Christine O'Donnell". Christine O'Donnell for U.S. Senate. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d "2008 Election Map: More about U.S. Senate: Delaware". Associated Press. NPR. 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Libit, Daniel (2008-10-04). "Joe Biden's other female foe". The Politico. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Christine O'Donnell". CNN. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  6. ^ Chase, Randall (2008-10-31). "Biden waging stealth re-election campaign". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  7. ^ Matthew Jonas (13 September 2006). "Ting, Spivack pass first test". Delaware News Journal (Delaware Online). Retrieved 2006-10-29. 
  8. ^ Giroux, Greg (2008-09-10). "Franken Primary Win One of Many Key Results From Tuesday’s Primaries". CQ Today Online News. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  9. ^ a b Nuckols, Ben (2008-11-04). "Biden wins 7th Senate term but may not serve". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  10. ^ CQ Transcriptions (2008-08-28). "GOP Challenger for Sen. Biden’s Delaware Seat Interviewed on CNN’s “Larry King”". CQ Today Online News. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  11. ^ Cherry, Amy (2010-03-11). "O'Donnell campaign employee: I wasn't paid". WDEL. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  12. ^ "O'Donnell wastes no time in announcing Senate candidacy". Delaware Business Ledger. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  13. ^ "Christine O'Donnell to run for U.S. Senate". WDEL. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  14. ^ Gibson, Ginger (2009-10-06). "O'Donnell: Won't drop out for Castle". The News Journal. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  15. ^ "Election 2010: Delaware Senate". Rasmussen Reports. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  16. ^ Weinberg, Ali (2010-01-25). "Midterm Buzz: Biden His Time". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  17. ^ a b Tucker, Jeremy (2010-03-11). "O'Donnell Announces Run Against Castle". WBOC-TV. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  18. ^ a b Eichmann, Mark (2010-03-10). "O'Donnell takes aim at Castle in Senate campaign kick-off". WHYY-TV. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  19. ^ O'Donnell's write-in votes were not counted as part of the official tally of election results for candidates on the ballot, hence percentages summing to greater than 100. See "The Power of One Vote: State of Delaware 2006 Election Results". Delaware Commissioner of Elections. pp. 2, 28ff. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  20. ^ a b State of Delaware General Elections

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Preceded by
Raymond J. Clatworthy
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Delaware
(Class 2)

Succeeded by
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(Next election: 2010)

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