Christine O'Donnell Rules Out Del. Senate Rematch With Coons

Friday, 23 May 2014 05:02 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell on Friday ruled out a rematch this year with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, saying she'd "rather slam my hand in a car door" than do so.

O'Donnell, who was backed by the tea party in their 2012 race, told The News Journal in Wilmington that another round with Coons was "highly unlikely."

In the 2010 Republican Senate primary, O'Donnell beat former Rep. Mike Castle, who was seen as the establishment candidate and most likely to win in the general election.

But Coons blew away O'Donnell in that contest — taking 57 percent of the vote — leading many observers to suggest that her primary win helped block the GOP from retaking the Senate in what was a landslide year.

O'Donnell's campaign was hurt by revelations surrounding her experimentation with witchcraft in her youth, which led her to declare in one TV spot "I am not a witch," and by several gaffes that she made during debates.

She told the News Journal that she was establishing a nonprofit called "Legal Offense Fund" to challenge the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservatives.

O'Donnell was hit with an $11,744 IRS lien on a Wilmington home she once owned the day she announced her candidacy in 2010. She ultimately paid $1,100 to the IRS, which released the lien — saying that it was filed in error.

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