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O'Donnell asked for NRSC support

From NBC’s Shawna Thomas and Carrie Dann
Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell said Thursday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is “considering” contributing money to her race -- after she requested its support yesterday -- but that she believes she can win even without the support of the GOP organization.

“I asked them to help us,” said O’Donnell, who met with NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn yesterday. “But I'm confident that even if they don't, we are building coalitions and a strong grassroots campaign and rising in the polls and doing what we need to do to win.”

“The more people working to win towards victory on November 2nd, the better,” she told NBC News. “But if they don’t, I'm still confident that we can win.”

As First Read pointed out this morning, races like O’Donnell’s (and the difficult-to-poll Alaska Senate contest) are receiving enormous national attention because of their respective spoof-able moments and linkage to the Palin family. But it’s worth pointing out that there are some much closer statewide races that are receiving little national press.

According to poll averages computed by RealClearPolitics, O’Donnell is down by 16 points against Democrat Chris Coons.

That margin is equal to the COMBINED total poll differentials in three close Senate races (Colorado – 4.4 points, Washington – 3.3 points, and Illinois – 1.2 points) plus two tight gubernatorial contests (Florida – 2.9 points and Ohio – 4.2 points).