Networks: Coons, Carney win

By AP/Gerace 8:20pm, November 2, 2010 - Updated 10:05pm, November 2, 2010
The Associated Press, ABC, NBC and CBS project wins for Democrats Chris Coons in Delaware's US Senate race, and John Carney in the US House contest.

An AP analysis of exit polling data shows Coons, currently New Castle County Executive, easily defeating O'Donnell, a Tea Party-backed candidate who struggled to gain support after '90's TV video came out showing her speaking out against masturbation and admitting she'd dabbled in witchcraft.

O'Donnell's upset win in the GOP primary over moderate congressman Mike Castle likely cost Republicans the contest. Castle had been heavily favored to win Vice President Joe Biden's old seat.

Coons told AP that his campaign was about Delaware's families and the challenges they face. He says he will focus on jobs and getting the country back on track.

O'Donnell is telling her supporters to be encouraged despite her loss.

Surrounded by friends and family, she says the Republican Party will never be the same after her candidacy.

O'Donnell says that although the outcome isn't what her campaign worked so hard for, their voice was heard.

With all but 3 precincts reporting, Coons had 56 and a half percent of the vote to O'Donnell's 40 point 1..

Carney, a former Lieutenant Governor, beat Glen Urquhart, a Republican and real estate developer from Sussex County.

The AP says Carney was helped by the Democrats' big edge in voter registration.

Incumbent Attorney General Beau Biden, a Democrat and son of Vice President Joe Biden, easily defeated Independent Party of Delaware candidate Doug Campbell.

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