Low Turnout in Coons-O’Donnell Race
Most polls have predicted that the closely watched Delaware Senate race between Democrat Chris Coons and Republican tea-party favorite Christine O’Donnell was going to be anything but close. One poll last week had Mr. Coons up by 10 points, while all the others gave him a far more comfortable margin.
But Democrats in Delaware remain skittish.
In a noon email alert to supporters, Coons campaign manager Christy Gleason said close monitoring of voter turnout in the state’s 41 representative districts showed “lower turnout in New Castle and Kent counties than we’re comfortable with.”
It’s shocking that, after weeks of hearing that the race would be a blowout, people aren’t lining up in chilly weather to vote. Or, perhaps not.
I suppose it’s conceivable that a 12ish percent margin could be made up because the people who support the crazy candidate are crazy enough to think she can win, whereas those who support the bland but sane candidate decide not to show up. But it’s more likely that turnout will be depressed more-or-less evenly among the two factions.