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O'Donnell Will Not Run for U.S. Senate in 2014

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Christine O'Donnell will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

It was four years ago when O'Donnell became a household name in Delaware politics. She drew national attention to the senate race - and not necessarily good attention. O'Donnell beat former governor governor and U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican primary. But she lost the general election to now-Sen. Chris Coons.

That match up will not have a round two this year.

O'Donnell announced her intentions in an email to supporters Wednesday morning. But the way it was written caused some confusion for other media outlets.

It was subject lined - "My Official Announcement for the 2014 US Senate Seat." And the first sentence read - "I have some good news to announce."

"Some of the wording in her announcement was misleading," said John Fluharty, executive director of the state GOP. "Several members of the press reported she was going to run. I think that was concerning on a number of different levels."

Fluharty says the announcement did not come as a surprise.

"She made clear to the News Journal last week that she would not seek election. In fact, she went so far as to say she'd rather slam her hand in a car door than run for public office again."

O'Donnell saw in 2010 what being in the national spotlight was like. For example, the national media pounced on an at the time decade-old comment she made on Real Time with Bill Maher about dabbling in witchcraft.

Neither the state Democratic Party nor anyone from the Coons campaign would talk to WBOC for this story - saying they wouldn't comment on what amounted to a non-announcement.

While O'Donnell is definitely out, it's unclear who's in for the Republicans in the upcoming race.

"We're talking to a couple folks. We hope to announce something soon," Fluharty said.

Fluharty says the party wishes O'Donnell well in what she does next. That was the actual announcement in her email. O'Donnell says she'll be starting a non-profit to fight political bullying, which she says she was victim of. And she's writing a column for the Washington Times newspaper.
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