O'Donnell: A rematch against Democrat Chris Coons is "highly unlikely"
'Probably a smart move. There is no indication that she would win if she ran again in Delaware. Democrat Chris Coons defeated her by 16 points in the senate election in 2010, 56-40
Christine O'Donnell, the 2010 tea party-backed U.S. Senate candidate, said Thursday she would "rather slam my hand in a car door" than run another campaign this year, calling a rematch with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons "highly unlikely."
But O'Donnell says in an interview that the right-wing movement, despite defeats this week, has been an overwhelming success.
"Moderate Republicans and RINOs are extinct," said O'Donnell, adding that the tea party has made reducing the federal deficit and debt a part of the national conversation. "Because of the tea party upswing, candidates are more thoughtful about what the Republican Party stands for. I think the movement has been very successful."
O'Donnell, whose political action committee is out of money, made national news in 2010 by upsetting U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in a Republican primary, perhaps costing Republicans a seat in the U.S. Senate. But she argues now that the tea party, including her own campaign, has positively impacted the party, moving the debate to the right and making the economy a larger part of the political discussion.
O'Donnell adds that establishment Republican candidates in 2014 are far more conservative than they were in 2010,