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Christine O'Donnell's surprise win in the Republican primary makes our campaign for the Senate more important than ever. With the Democratic majority hanging by a thread, Delaware is a "must-win" state for turning back the Tea Party and its backward-looking, right-wing agenda.

Delaware deserves a Senator who will focus on the issues that matter to families across the state - and none is more urgent than fixing our economy and putting Delawareans back to work. My new opponent has no plan for promoting job growth here in Delaware or around the country.

With Christine O'Donnell, we face an ideology instead of a record.  One of Sarah Palin's newest "Mama Grizzlies," O'Donnell will fight to roll back a woman's right to choose and lead the charge against stem-cell research, falsely claiming that this ground breaking research exploits women.  She has a record of supporting discrimination against gays and lesbians, and pressing for public schools to teach creationism.

Make no mistake – Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachmann, and the Tea Party Express will invest to make sure O'Donnell joins them in Washington.

We cannot let that happen.

We cannot let Joe Biden's seat fall into ultraconservative hands – into the grasp of a candidate who is out of touch with Delaware and the challenges Americans face every day.

We're going to need to do this together. I need your help – and your financial support – to run a strong campaign and keep this seat out of the reach of the right wing of the Republican Party. Please go to and and contribute what you can to my campaign today.

I'm eager to talk more about my positions on the issues and the state of our election, so I'm happy to stick around for the next 20-30 minutes to chat in the comments.

Originally posted to Chris Coons on Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM PDT.

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