Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Coons defeats O'Donnell in Delaware - CNN.com
(CNN) -- Democrat Chris Coons defeated Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell in Delaware's U.S. Senate race Tuesday, bursting Republican hopes of taking a seat that Vice President Joe Biden held for nearly four decades.
With an estimated 99 percent of precincts reporting, Coons led O'Donnell 56 percent to 40 percent.
The result will be a major disappointment for some establishment Republicans, who thought the candidate that O'Donnell defeated in the GOP primary -- former governor and current Rep. Mike Castle -- stood a better chance at taking the seat and edging the GOP closer to control of the Senate.
Coons, the executive of New Castle County, will succeed the retiring Democratic Sen. Ted Kaufman, who was appointed to replace Biden nearly two years ago.
"You sent a message that the politics of no, the politics of division, the politics of negativity have no place in this great state," Coons told supporters in his victory speech Tuesday night. "You said today that Delawareans want, that Delawareans deserve, not slogans but solutions to your concerns. ... And you want the people that you send to Washington ... to be optimistic about our nation and its future and further the belief that our best days are not behind us, but ahead of us."