Christine O'Donnell hoped to win over a big chunk of Delaware voters at the last minute by airing a 30-minute campaign ad, just like Barack Obama did in 2008. But O'Donnell's campaign didn't bother to buy network airtime until it was too late to schedule it, so the Tea Party-backed candidate had to resort to public access television. On Sunday, at 11:29 p.m., O'Donnell excitedly tweeted, "1 minute until the premiere of our 30 minute feature. Tune in to meet all the heart warming people I've met on the campaign trail. Ch. 28," but sadly, the ad was not to be. The TV station "forgot it air it," The Washington Post's Philip Rucker reports.
O'Donnell did not give up, alerting her Twitter followers that her ad would air at 10 a.m. Monday. Minutes later, the candidate tweeted, "This isn't our show either! We are told channel 28 'forgot' to air it...both times... even though we paid for the time slot last week." Again, the station had let her down. The ad--titled "We the People of the First State" and actually just 24 minutes--may or may not air as scheduled Monday at 3 p.m. and again on election day at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. It's unclear whether enough Delaware voters will happen to tune in to public access during business hours to close the 14-point gap between O'Donnell and opponent Chris Coons.
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