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O'Donnell: Prayer might have boosted poll standing

Associated Press writer Ben Evans reports:

Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell says prayer could be boosting support for her Senate campaign.

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In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network that aired online Monday, O'Donnell also said that God is the reason she is running for Senate.

"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, so I believe that prayer plays a direct role in this campaign," O'Donnell said. "I always ask, please pray for the campaign, please pray for our staff, please pray specifically that the eyes of the voters be opened."

O'Donnell has been criticized for her conservative commentary over the years — she once voiced opposition to masturbation in a campaign against premarital sex — and has been ridiculed for saying that she once dabbled in witchcraft.

She told CBN that she's being held to a different standard because she is a conservative woman.

"There's no doubt that they wouldn't say the things they're saying about me, they wouldn't do the things that they're doing, if I weren't a woman," she said. "I'm not whining, but there certainly is a double standard, especially when it comes to conservative women."

Most polls show O'Donnell trailing Democrat Chris Coons by double digits. The two are vying for the Senate seat long held by Vice President Joe Biden.

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