Days after canceling appearances on two Sunday talk shows, Christine O'Donnell will sit down with Fox News Channel personality Sean Hannity, the network announced Tuesday.
The appearance comes exactly a week after she defeated Rep. Mike Castle to claim the Republican nomination for Senate in Delaware — one of the biggest electoral upsets of the year. But her campaign is facing renewed scrutiny over her past, a televised attack from national Democrats, and discouraging poll numbers.
One new poll commissioned, coincidentally, by Fox, shows O'Donnell has considerable ground to make up. She trails Democrat Chris Coons 54% to 39%; three in five likely voters say she is not qualified to be senator. Had Castle been the GOP nominee, he would have led Coons 48% to 33%.
The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Monday filed complaints with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission charging that O'Donnell misused campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, a charge that state Republicans had levied during her challenge to Castle. The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee launched its first TV ad in the state this week, accusing her of "spend[ing] money she doesn't have" and failing to pay her taxes.