Delaware Senate Race – Christine O’Donnell vs. Chris Coons
Tea Party Conversation: 50.2%
The Tea Party Express’ $250,000 donation to Christine O’Donnell, despite her only getting $5,000 in state donations the previous month, helped give the two-time Senate race loser the momentum she needed to defeat Mike Castle. A steady drumbeat of self-inflicted scandals and absurdities later, O’Donnell has fallen in the polls to Democrat Chris Coons’ candidacy, which is surging mostly due to the fact that he’s not Christine O’Donnell. But while O’Donnell’s association with the Tea Party may be a negative in her state, she’s been able to raise even more national money by becoming a cause—and taking negative attention away from candidates like Sharron Angle, who remain competitive.