O’Donnell credits prayer for campaign boost
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.’”
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.
But O’Donnell says she hasn’t started praying only now that the chips are down.
“God is the reason that I’m running. If I didn’t believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn’t believe that it takes a complete dying of self to make things right in this eleciton cycle, I would not be running,” she says.
“Prayer is what’s gotten us all through.”
Barring any more acts of God, her Senate candidacy will face its final judgment before the Delaware electorate on Nov. 2
Photo Credits: Reuters/Tim Shaffer (O’Donnell; O’Donnell Supporter With Witch’s Hat; O’Donnell Supporters With Campaign Banner)