- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 12, 2010

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The latest poll in Delaware’s U.S. Senate race shows Democrat Chris Coons with a 19 percent lead over Republican Christine O’Donnell.

The Monmouth University Poll released Tuesday shows 57 percent of likely voters favoring Mr. Coons, compared to 38 percent for Miss O’Donnell. The two candidates were virtually tied in two of the state’s counties, but Mr. Coons had a huge lead in the third, which is heavily Democratic.

Miss O’Donnell, a former TV commentator, rode a wave of tea party support to a surprise GOP primary win against longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Castle last month. Mr. Coons is the New Castle County executive.

The automated telephone poll of 790 likely voters was conducted from Oct. 8 to Oct. 11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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