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But Ms. O'Donnell has taken heat in recent days after an interview more than a decade old resurfaced in which she said she “dabbled” in witchcraft while in high school.

“I dabbled into witchcraft. I never joined a coven,” she said during a 1999 taping of comedian Bill Maher's “Politically Incorrect” show.

She stepped back from those comments Sunday, joking with a crowd that “there’s been no witchcraft since.”

“If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now.”

Critics have been busy unearthing other unflattering age-old TV clips of the candidate, including one from 1996 in which she equated masturbation with adultery. Ms. O'Donnell last week dismissed those comments by saying that the Constitution - not her personal beliefs - will guide her votes on legislation.

Ms. O'Donnell trailed Democratic nominee Chris Coons, the New Castle County executive, by 11 percentage points in a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Wednesday, the day after her primary victory.