Delaware Senate: Coons 53% O’Donnell 42%

The official first post-primary poll is out this morning from Rasmussen:

Democrat Chris Coons holds a double-digit lead over Republican hopeful Christine O’Donnell in the first Rasmussen Reports post-primary survey of the U.S. Senate race in Delaware.

Coons earns 53% of the vote to O’Donnell’s 42%, with leaners included. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

The Delaware race is now viewed as Solid Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Yes, the polls will fluctuate over the next 6 1/2 weeks, but this one looks like a Democratic hold this year.

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  1. Brett says:

    And that’s coming from Rasmussen. I’d be curious to see what the other polling companies are showing.

  2. Joseph Belk says:

    The morning-after poll doesn’t mean much. Coons is more extreme to the liberal side than is O’ Donnell on the right – in this race she is the centrist. Coons’ past as a Marxist hippie is about to make a splash, while his status as a siamese twin for Obama will provide plenty of food for thought in Delaware. Coons would vote for cap-and-trade, and Delaware’s reliance on coal for energy will make that a bad vote. Republican national leadership bobbled badly before they decided to unite behind O’ Donnell. They are on board now, and will persuade Delaware’s state Republican leadership to fall in line. Castle as a spoiler will play out like Charlie Crist in Florida – his influence will fade to nothing by October, and his people will get over it and get in line behind O’ Donnell.

    Christine O’ Donnell’s pro life position, vs Coons, alone is worth a +5% swing.

    This is Christine O’ Donnell’s race to win or lose, and she has raised nearly one million dollars in the past two days. Plan on having Christine as Delaware’s next Senator.

  3. Peacewood says:

     
    Ordinarily I wouldn’t think 53-42 is insurmountable.
    But with 4% undecided? Yeah, I’d say that’s a lock.

  4. Joseph Belk says:

    BTW the latest CNN/ABC poll has Sharon Angle in Nevada edging past Harry Reid 42-41. Given the liberal bias and past history of that source, Angle is likely to win by 5% or more. The fact that Reid will have to continue supporting Obama’s Marxist agenda through October will cost him more, a lot more, in support in Nevada.

    Expect Christine O’ Donnell to slip past Coons into the leading poll position by October 1, and lead from there on. The Senate will go with the House, into Republican hands. The looming cap-and-trade issue alone would see to that. The immigration/amnesty issue is also going to bite Reid and Coons harder in October.

    The people want Obama stopped.

  5. Steve Plunk says:

    I thought O’Donnell was behind by 16 points?  So post primary she picked up 8 points to Coons 3 points.  Trending the right way.  I expect now that she can campaign head to head her numbers might improve.

  6. Different polls, different samples. There’s likely to be some small differences. Five points when the MoE is 4 points isn’t that big a deal.

    Let’s see what happens when others start polling there

  7. Joseph Belk says:

    Better yet, let’s decide what those polls will show. I’m donating today to Christine O’ Donnell’s campaign. Let’s see whether Christine O’ Donnell’s second million can be raised by Monday. Effective spending of the funds she got this week should erase Chris Coons’ lead in the polls within a week or two.

    The people of Delaware do not support Chris Coons. Not when he is already committed to more “stimulus” spending from DC, skyrocketing electricity prices caused by cap-and-trade, and further millions of Americans out of work due to illegal aliens pursuing jobs Americans now want to do. And before November we are going to hear lots more bad news from that Health Care bill that Pelosi passed so that we could find out what was in it – heh-heh-heh-heh.

    Carl Rove announced today that he endorses Christine O’ Donnell, a pure flip-flop from his comments yesterday. Meanwhile, Rove claims some credit for the fact that events, including his ill-considered earlier remarks, have helped Christine O’ Donnell to raise over one million dollars since Tuesday night. Take that, former Carl Rove client Mike Castle.

    Expect Chris Coons to trumpet huge donations from Soros and from organized labor nationwide, as Democrats realize this election is in play. They are too little, too late.

  8. An Interested Party says:

    “Coons is more extreme to the liberal side than is O’ Donnell on the right – in this race she is the centrist.”
    Where is the evidence to back up this claim?
     
    “…while his status as a siamese twin for Obama will provide plenty of food for thought in Delaware.”
    You can feast on the fact that the president won the state with over 60% of the vote…if Coons can get that same kind of share of the votes, I’m sure he won’t mind being the president’s “Siamese twin”…
     
     
     
     
     
     

  9. Joseph Belk says:

    I just know what I read in the newspapers:

    http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-in-philadelphia/to-christine-o-donnell-and-compatriots-you-re-not-too-conservative

    Obama was a closet Marxist, proved by his appointments of outspoken Marxists to become “Czars” throughout the government. He continues to convert private corporations into public enterprises, as for example his grab after Chrysler common stock last week was set to boost public ownership above 90%.

    Delaware will make out fine when electric rates jump 35-50% as cap-and-tax phases in, with Coons’ vote in favor of it. Just like Delaware citizens are happy now about the steep increases showing up in their health insurance premiums, courtesy of Obamacare, with Coons’ vote in favor of it. And wait for the steep increases due shortly in Medicare payments, Social Security payments, and income tax payments. You really think Obama, faced with his unprecedented deficits, can avoid taxing the middle class to fund his continued spending spree. LMAO. And joined-at-the-hip Coons will be instrumental in bringing all these lovely new taxes, regulations, and newly created health care crimes to Delaware.

    Coons supporters in Delaware seem blissfully unaware that Coons does have a record, as a most liberal Congressional Representative unelectable outside his remarkably liberal northern district. He promises to continue that way-too-liberal record as a Senator. The man is to the left of Joe MNBA Biden.

    Coons own web site puts him in favor of Harry Reid’s scheme, announced this week, to put illegal aliens in college, with taxpayer-funded student loans, and confer permanent residency on them if they can stay in school. Re: Dream Act

    Coons also favors with his past votes Obama’s big success in spending more money in China to buy wind turbines to produce higher cost electricity back here in the United States. Great way to stimulate the U. S. economy and increase jobs here, by building whole new factories in China! The whole cap-and-trade fiasco was voted through the House with Coons help, and now you want to put him into the Senate to vote for the same job-destroying bill a second time? Go sell that to anyone, even in Delaware.

    Go and look. Coons gives us all at least nine more critical issues on which he is all the way in left field on the front “Issues” page of his own web site.

    If you cannot get the proof that Coons is too liberal from his own web site, you will remain clueless in Wilmington, like good buddies Castle and Coons, the dance team with four left feet.

  10. Joseph Belk says:

    Excuse me, that defunct bank that used to bankroll “Joe’s in the dough” Biden was MBNA. My bad. Democrats don’t have a monopoly on corruption. They only have a monopoly on whose corruption gets noticed.

  11. Coons supporters in Delaware seem blissfully unaware that Coons does have a record, as a most liberal Congressional Representative unelectable outside his remarkably liberal northern district

    Before you start spouting, get your facts right. Coons is not a Member of Congress. Delaware only has one Congressman and his name is Mike Castle.

    He is, however, the County Executive of New Castle County — the most populous of Delaware’s three counties.

  12. Brummagem Joe says:

    “in this race she is the centrist.”

    According to the sainted Rove, she’s the nut case! 

    “Before you start spouting, get your facts right. Coons is not a Member of Congress.”

    Total ignorance of your subject has never been grounds for exclusion at OTB, so let’s not censure poor Belk whose noise making capacity seems to be in inverse proportions to his knowledge.   

  13. sam says:

    Before you start spouting, get your facts right. Coons is not a Member of Congress. Delaware only has one Congressman and his name is Mike Castle.
     

    Well, that pretty much sends everything Belk says to the shitcan, right?

  14. Joseph Belk says:

    Coons supporters in Delaware seem blissfully unaware that Coons does have a record, as a most liberal Congressional Representative unelectable outside his remarkably liberal northern district

    Before you start spouting, get your facts right. Coons is not a Member of Congress. Delaware only has one Congressman and his name is Mike Castle.
    He is, however, the County Executive of New Castle County — the most populous of Delaware’s three counties.

    My bad. Coons and Castle have stands on the issues so close together that I conflated them. Thanks for the correction. That’s why you make the big bucks as a Beltway trial lawyer, I guess.

    By the way, Jim DeMint at the Senate Conservatives Fund just raised $160,000 this morning, all for Christine O’Donnell’s race against Coons. I stand by my prediction that the current poll numbers will change to a dead heat by the end of September, and turned right around by the end of October. Christine is your next Senator, regardless.

  15. sam says:

    Keying on Doug’s observation:
     

    Coons also favors with his past votes Obama’s big success in spending more money in China to buy wind turbines to produce higher cost electricity back here in the United States. Great way to stimulate the U. S. economy and increase jobs here, by building whole new factories in China! The whole cap-and-trade fiasco was voted through the House with Coons help, and now you want to put him into the Senate to vote for the same job-destroying bill a second time? Go sell that to anyone, even in Delaware.
     

    Jesus, Belk, what altnerate reality did you drop in from?

  16. Joseph Belk says:

    “in this race she is the centrist.”
    According to the sainted Rove, she’s the nut case! 
    “Before you start spouting, get your facts right. Coons is not a Member of Congress.”
    Total ignorance of your subject has never been grounds for exclusion at OTB, so let’s not censure poor Belk whose noise making capacity seems to be in inverse proportions to his knowledge. 

    Karl Rove has to be read like the Qu’ran. His later statements supercede and nullify his earlier ones. You have missed his total 180 degree turn today and his full statement of endorsement for Christine O’Donnell. Being a political snake, Karl can turn that far within two body widths.

    And that brings up the happy truth that ignorance of the subject is not grounds for exclusion here. Obviously, Doug would be pretty lonely with no one at all commenting on his OTB articles, right, Joe? Sam?

  17. sam says:

    And that brings up the happy truth that ignorance of the subject is not grounds for exclusion here.
     

    Well, dude you’re here. Let me ask you a question. Why should we take anything said about Delaware politics seriously if said by someone who doesn’t know that Delaware has only one Rep and his name’s not Coons? I mean, really.

  18. Joseph Belk says:

    Massive fail for Sam after keying on Doug’s observation:

    Keying on Doug’s observation:
     

    Coons also favors with his past votes Obama’s big success in spending more money in China to buy wind turbines to produce higher cost electricity back here in the United States. Great way to stimulate the U. S. economy and increase jobs here, by building whole new factories in China! The whole cap-and-trade fiasco was voted through the House with Coons help, and now you want to put him into the Senate to vote for the same job-destroying bill a second time? Go sell that to anyone, even in Delaware.
     

    Jesus, Belk, what altnerate reality did you drop in from?

    Mine is the one where we can spell alternate. What’s yours? Public school education showing, maybe?

    I won’t continue the sissy slap fight with other commenters. Refute my arguments with facts, if you please. Ad hominem attacks are the signature of a loser.

    Speaking of facts, I continued to apply my sewer sucker to Chris Coons’ web site, and this floated to the top:

    Chris Coons: “As Delawareans continue to see their fuel and energy prices increase, they must consider becoming good environmental stewards.”

    So Chris Coons dictates, before being elected, that fuel and energy prices must increase and that the people he expects to vote for him must become the liberal’s wet dream “good environmental stewards.” The people must think the way political leaders tell them to, and must do the politically correct thing regardless of the cost to themselves, in Chris Coons’ alternate reality. He supports cap-and-trade for energy, folks, which will make essentially all of Delaware’s existing energy supplies too expensive to continue to operate. The voters of Delaware will have what Chris wants to give them, higher energy prices, loss of employment, decrease in standard of living, and one financial disaster after another as a socialist government applies central planning to our energy supply. Windmills will be erected, and be torn down before they have paid for themselves. Solar systems will be placed on roofs, and the subsequent failure of those systems will wreck both the home and the homeowners’ budgets. Conservation policies will be hurried into place that waste money, create health hazards, and actually increase the total energy used. We saw it all in Carter’s energy policy. Why do we need to see it again?

    Or we could go to the solution that worked, after Carter was run out of town. Deregulate, turn energy decisions over to customers and producers, get government out of the way, and watch real energy prices drop steadily, as they tend to do any time government is not interfering.

    Did you know that oil in constant 2007 dollars was the same price just before 9/11 that it was shortly before Carter was elected? Carter’s bad energy policies, which are now Obama/Coons’ bad energy policies, raised the real price of oil 300%. Reagan’s free market policy on energy took prices right back to historical levels by 1986. Here’s facts:

    http://perotcharts.com/2008/07/monthly-oil-prices-in-constant-2007-dollars-1946%E2%80%932008/

  19. Juneau: says:

    @ sam
     
    Why should we take anything said about Delaware politics seriously if said by someone who doesn’t know that Delaware has only one Rep and his name’s not Coons? I mean, really.


    If the operative rule here is “Once you show you are inaccurate or wrong about a situation all your subsequent opinions are worthless” then you disqualified yourself long ago sam.  As have I.  Nobody is perfect and all, including Mataconis, have proven to be horribly wrong or inaccurate on at least one occasion.

    It doesn’t mean that you, or I, or Doug, are lacking in intelligence.  Most often it simply means that we were misinformed or distracted when commenting.

  20. sam says:

    Well, here’s your candidate, up-to-the-mark on current science:
     

    As Little Green Footballs has spotted, O’Donnell appeared in 2007 on The O’Reilly Factor, to speak out against such research in response to the cloning of some monkeys. Then came her warning on human-mouse hybrids.

    “They are — they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they’re already into this experiment.”

  21. Joseph Belk says:

    I’m happy to see that there are at least two gentlemen here, now. Though I would hope that I have better manners than to initiate an ad hominem attack against another poster, a poseur like Chris Coons has to be considered fair game. The man’s basic integrity is part of the package he’s offering to the voters of Delaware. 

    http://www.delawareliberal.net/2010/05/04/politico-does-hit-job-on-chris-coons/

    The less interesting part of this article is the revelation, in the body of it, that Chris Coons at Amherst College went from a founding member of Amherst College Republicans to the author of an article titled “Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist.” He switched to the Democrat party (natural home for bearded Marxists) and became ecofreaky (environmental activism being a final refuge for Marxists after the collapse of the Soviet system).

    The more interesting part appears in the comments to the article, where left wingers assail Chris Coons as being too friendly to business interests in Delaware.

     “It wasn’t Politico calling Coons a Marxist, nor is he, I always thought he was too Chamber of Commerce friendly, and now I know from reading the link to Politico that Coons was a “founding member of the Amherst College Republicans.” Yuck! To me that was the most disturbing part of the piece. It’s one thing to register Republican because your Mom and Step Dad are Republican, but care so much about the GOP that you start up Amherst College Republicans, is a bit much!

    This leads to the interesting question, whether Coons is liberal enough to turn out the barking moonbat left that form his “base.”

  22. sam says:

    This leads to the interesting question, whether Coons is liberal enough to turn out the barking moonbat left that form his “base.”
     

    Tsk, tsk. Trip over your narrartive?

  23. Juneau: says:

    @ sam
    Well, here’s your candidate, up-to-the-mark on current science:


    Yeah sam, she was up to the mark on current science.  For your education please see the links below substantiating her statements.  Whether or not she had a complete understanding of the research, she was still completely accurate, and has the same right as you or me to have an opinion about the experimentation.
     
    http://www.rythospital.com/clyven/
     

    Margaret A. Keyes, M.D., Ph.D., is a researcher in genetic medicine and Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics at RYT Hospital-Dwayne Medical Center. She is exploring the use of embryonic stem cells as a means to cure neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
    By implanting human brain cells (grown from a human embryo’s stem cells) into a mouse engineered to have Alzheimer’s, Dr. Keyes inadvertently made a remarkable and startling discovery: she not only cured the mouse’s Alzheimer’s Disease, but the animal soon developed the relative intelligence of a human being.
     
    AND
    http://www.futurepundit.com/archives/002651.html
    Stanford Prof Plans Mouse With Human Brain Cells

    “So Stanford asked where it should draw the line. It is the first university in the nation to tackle the philosophical question: When does a chimera stop being an animal and start becoming a person…”

    You, sam, are the one who is not knowledgeable about the subject, not O’Donnell.  Perhaps you will have the good grace to retract your derision?

  24. Joseph Belk says:

    @Sam: “Tsk, tsk. Trip over your narrartive?”

    And what are you tripping on, Sam? There’s plenty of room for a candidate to be hard left on most issues, yet still retain enough basic humanity to put off the hard core liberal barking moon bats. Put some duct tape around your head and go over to Democratic Underground or DailyKos to see what they are saying today. Or not, if you value what sanity you retain. And don’t you, Sam, wish we had spell checker? I do, if only for your sake.

    @Juneau: Sorry to be the one to break this to you, but RYT Hospital does not really exist, there is no such person as Margaret A. Keyes, and no transgenic mouse named “Clyven”. That whole web site is a hoax, or more kindly a work of art.

    The hoax is exposed here:
    http://living.scotsman.com/features/The-art-of-a-great.3932295.jp

    The problems of bioethics are real, though, and your second site is legitimate.

    And in my opinion your point is still valid, regarding the easy way in which Sam falls into derision of others over mistakes easy to understand and hard to avoid, like being taken in, initially, by a well-executed hoax. After all, that’s exactly how we got President Barack Hussein Obama in the first place.