Skip to comments.Delaware Senate contest will hinge on turnout
Posted on 09/12/2010 8:47:19 PM PDT by Qbert
WILMINGTON, Del. -- For supporters of Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), all eyes will be on Delaware's New Castle County Tuesday where the level of turnout in the state's contested GOP Senate primary could make or break the longtime congressman.
New Castle County houses the urban population centers of Delaware. It contains Newark and Wilmington, the state's largest city.
The Castle campaign is hoping for solid turnout Tuesday in and around Wilmington to help the centrist congressman offset more conservative primary-goers in the southern part of the state who may be backing Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell.
O'Donnell is banking on support from an energized conservative base to help her to an upset Tuesday.
The best estimates of observers in the state put turnout in Tuesday's closed Republican primary around 40,000 voters. For Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell, the lower the turnout, the better on Tuesday.
At least 70 Castle volunteers were campaigning door-to-door Sunday, many aimed at drumming up turnout among Castle-friendly Republicans in the northern part of the state.
Near Wilmington, it's not tough to see that the area is Castle's base. Castle for Senate billboards and signs are numerous in Wilmington and just outside of the downtown area, while O'Donnell signs are hard to come by.
At least one small O'Donnell for Senate sign was spotted alongside Route 202, close to downtown Wilmington. It stood in the shadow of a much larger Castle sign and a bright red campaign sign for Glen Urquhart, the conservative challenger running in the primary for Delaware's at-large House seat.
O'Donnell is banking on turnout from the state's two counties just to the South of New Castle--Kent and Sussex counties.
The Tea Party Express has a phone bank set up in-state to make GOTV calls on O'Donnell's behalf and the group is coordinating an effort with supporters from out of state to phone Delaware voters ahead of Tuesday.
It tells me that the rinos are getting very worried that their sqwishy just may lose.I hate it for them.I really do./s
She would still be better than Castle.
“Why didnt I see this before.”
Because you didn’t think it through...
Two options, assuming Republicans take the House:
1) Republicans win Senate: House and Senate pass conservative-leaning legislation...POTUS vetoes everything. Gridlock...(POTUS yaps away at all Republicans who aren’t ‘bipartisan’ like Mike Castle)
2) Republicans fail to gain control of Senate: House passes conservative-leaning legislation; divided Senate rejects. Gridlock...POTUS twiddles his thumbs waiting for something to sign.
Thus, at best Mike Castle is irrelevant here, and at worst he would be used as a (willing?) pawn by the administration to criticize all those ‘obstructionist’ Republicans. And do you doubt me on this latter claim?? Well, he hasn’t exactly been cordial to his Conservative challenger now, has he...?
I want someone to vote right.
Castle will vote wrong.
Christine will vote right.
Since a Senators job is to vote, and maybe a handful of other things, I really don’t care about whether she lied about her education. If she starts to vote wrong, like Castle does, replace her with someone who will vote right.
Castle’s job is to vote the way we want him to.
He does a very bad job at that. The other stuff doesn’t
matter at all. He votes wrong. He’s not apologizing for it. He’s not promising to change. He’s just promising to keep on voting wrong.
Christine gets past this, beats Castle, beats Coons, she is set up with a pretty sweet resume. A lot of the money issues are wrapped up in her campaign, the campaign of 2008. She’ll be able to have “beat the establishment” on her resume, like Sarah does. And we’re riled up against the establishment now.
I’m expecting a Christine win, it looks like the voters are quickly learning just how liberal Castle is. up sat 53 to sun 57, so you can have some idea of the trend. A fast 2 week sprint at the end which Christine seems to be winning.
Since you are from FL, I will presume that you know little of Mike Castle. He is a RINO, in the mold of Graham, McCain, Chaffee and Voinovich, only quieter. Does that R really mean that much?
Tell me, how long would you put up with a spouse that was faithful 52% of the time?
Would you have gone into combat armed with a weapon that you could rely on 52% of the time?
How long would you keep a dog if it didn’t bite you 52% of the time?
These current times are much different than past elections. we are in a fight right now that is much larger than a potential 1 seat “take over” of a Senate. Many of us (those that are out there in the trenches making a “take over” even a possibility), see this fight as one of “BELIEFS” over Party!
The people leading the charge throughout the country, enabling Republican gains and potential control, are NOT THE GOP IN WASHINGTON and NOT the supporters of RINOs like Castle!
“And who are all these scammers and nut jobs who are supported after they attend a few Tea Parties and proclaim themselves to be Conservative? “
Dan Maes for one. Jury is still out on O’Donnell and Angle.
The job of a Senator is to represent their constituents as effectively as possible. Are you a Delawarean? Apparently the folks from there think Castle has done more than a fair job, otherwise he wouldn’t have kept been getting elected (to just about every significant state job and to the US Congress). The folks from Delaware seem to be pretty liberal, so their representatives reflect that, regardless of party. Despite all the heat and noise that comes out of the Tea Party, I’d be shocked to see her win the primary, and if she does, she will NEVER win in the general.
“And who are all these scammers and nut jobs who are supported after they attend a few Tea Parties and proclaim themselves to be Conservative?
—Dan Maes for one. Jury is still out on ODonnell and Angle.”
Again, to what specifically are you referring to prove your claim that candidates are proclaiming ‘themselves to be conservatives’ after attending a few Tea Party rallies...when they are really not??
You say the ‘jury is still out’ on Angle, for example. Based upon what? Have you analyzed her voting record- or is this just some kind of generalized notion that you have of her because the MSM tells you that she’s ‘kooky’? In the Nevada State Legislature, she was consistently the *only* vote against unnecessary tax increases, and she voted against more than 100 attempts to increase taxes and fees. She introduced tort reform legislation, health care reform based upon conservative principle, etc., etc... Not to mention the fact that she has received numerous endorsements from tons of leading conservative-leaning groups and individuals- are they gullible chumps, too??
I have no problem analyzing a candidate’s record and statements in assessing where they really are on the political spectrum- but generalized perceptions won’t do...
Castle sits between Snowe and Collins on the ACU scale.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.