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Republicans may be abandoning Christine O'Donnell's U.S. Senate campaign. But she still has friends in high places -- really high places.

In fact, the Delaware Tea Party favorite is crediting divine intervention for the successes that her campaign has had.

"The day that we saw a spike in the polls was a day that some people had a prayer meeting for me, that morning for this campaign," she tells the Christian Broadcasting Network, a cable TV channel founded by televangelist and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson.

"I believe that prayer plays a direct role in this campaign," she said. "I always ask people: 'Please pray for the campaign. Please pray for our staff. Please pray, specifically, that the eyes of the voters be opened.'"
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Prayer may be O'Donnell's best hope. Since her upset primary win over Republican moderate Mike Castle, she has been dogged by questions about her qualifications for office, ridiculed for acknowledging a teenage fascination with witchcraft and excoriated over her understanding of U.S. religious freedoms.

Barely a week before Election Day, her Democratic opponent Chris Coons has more than 50 percent of voter support in a recent Rasmussen survey. Some pundits give her zero chance of pulling off a victory and blame her candidacy for sinking Republican hopes of capturing the Senate.