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Delaware Senate contest will hinge on turnout
The Hill ^ | 9/12/2010 | Shane D'Aprile

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.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: christineodonnell; de; mikecastle; teaparty

1 posted on 09/12/2010 8:47:22 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

O’Donnell is ahead in the polls by 3.


2 posted on 09/12/2010 8:59:15 PM PDT by BAW ( I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.)
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To: Qbert

Let us pray for an early blizzard in Delaware on Tuesday. The Conservatives will get to the polls, even if they have to crawl over glass.


3 posted on 09/12/2010 9:08:41 PM PDT by no dems (DeMINT / PALIN 2012 or PALIN / DeMINT 2012.......Either is fine with me!)
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To: Qbert
When the public reads “Citing “Mental Anguish,” Christine O'Donnell Sought $6.9 Million in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit” (see FR post), she is toast.

Pray it happens in the Primary, because it would certainly happen in the General, and then we keep a D in the Senate. Read the article and ask yourself, when are Conservatives going to stop supporting every scammer and nut job who attends a few Tea Parties and then proclaims themselves a Conservative? Read the article.... AND DO SOME CRITICAL THINKING. She is a nut job and a scammer.

4 posted on 09/12/2010 9:13:39 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR, since 1998.)
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To: Qbert
How many absentee ballots are out there in this race?
5 posted on 09/12/2010 9:15:59 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: MindBender26

She also just rec’d Sarah Palin’s endorsement.


6 posted on 09/12/2010 9:16:03 PM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: no dems

Forecast Clear 83 degrees

We just need to work a bit harder y’all!


7 posted on 09/12/2010 9:27:02 PM PDT by DelaWhere (Better to be prepared one year early than one day late!)
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To: MindBender26
-"She is a nut job and a scammer"

and you would rather see someone who will lord over us with their support for a liberal/socialistic agenda?

Let me tell you sir, with all due respect! I would encourage you to do some 'due diligence' yourself, and see that Castle cant argue the 'issues' only the 'personal'. A low dirt-bagger ploy. That, in my opinion, is lower than a 'nut job' and a 'scammer'.

8 posted on 09/12/2010 9:29:11 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only radical and destructive.)
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To: MindBender26

I’d be happy to offer my rebuttal- but what’s the point when I would just be responding to a cut n’ paste job?...

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:mindbender26/index?tab=comments;brevity=full;options=no-change


9 posted on 09/12/2010 9:51:09 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: MindBender26

I’ve read a few things about her and I think your analysis, i.e. “She is a nut job and a scammer”, is quite astute. The more we learn about her, the weirder she seems. Frankly, I can’t think of anyone, regardless of party, I would less rather have in office than a paranoiac who lies about her education, has made a mess of her personal finances, and sues her boss when she imagines some injustice.


10 posted on 09/12/2010 9:56:31 PM PDT by stormer
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To: MindBender26

“when are Conservatives going to stop supporting every scammer and nut job who attends a few Tea Parties and then proclaims themselves a Conservative?”

Great point. The downside of the TPM is that many previously failed political wannabes and cranks have simply hopped on the bandwagon hoping that this will be their ticket to the bigs. B/c the TP is really more of a reaction to 0bama’s spending and Big Gov’t than an actual movement or party, people can claim to be a “Tea Party Activist” despite the fact that there was nothing to be ‘active’ in up until about a year ago. Waiving a Gadsden flag at TP rally one or two times doesn’t make someone Sam Addams.


11 posted on 09/12/2010 10:05:15 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (Refudiate 0bama '12)
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To: MindBender26

Bump


12 posted on 09/12/2010 10:08:47 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Qbert

How quaint that they call castle a centrist.


13 posted on 09/12/2010 10:33:05 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: MindBender26

Did the tea party back her?So you are calling them crazy as well?


14 posted on 09/12/2010 10:35:01 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Lou Budvis

““when are Conservatives going to stop supporting every scammer and nut job who attends a few Tea Parties and then proclaims themselves a Conservative?”
—Great point. The downside of the TPM is that many previously failed political wannabes and cranks have simply hopped on the bandwagon hoping that this will be their ticket to the bigs...”

You call this a ‘great point’, yet nothing that you have written proves that O’Donnell is not a Conservative. You assume that because you have questions about her personality that her political views are not solid... Well, if you have something of substance relating to the issues, I’m all ears.

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”? Is it...oh, wild guess...Sharron Angle? Hhmm, her voting record in NV seemed pretty darned Conservative to me. Or maybe that so-called ‘extremist’ Yale law grad Joe Miller? I want names...


15 posted on 09/12/2010 10:40:07 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: imahawk

“Did the tea party back her?So you are calling them crazy as well?”

That’s how I interpreted it, too.


16 posted on 09/12/2010 10:44:39 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: imahawk

TEA is not crazy, just woefully inadequate in the research of her before they endorsed her.

If they knew it and endorsed, then they are either stupid or crazy.


17 posted on 09/12/2010 10:49:37 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR, since 1998.)
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To: Nucluside
Sarah's people should have done much better due diligence.

I love her, but this was a serious fubar on her sfatt's part.

18 posted on 09/12/2010 10:51:48 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR, since 1998.)
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To: LibFreeUSA; Qbert

>>> and you would rather see someone who will lord over us with their support for a liberal/socialistic agenda?

And nominating an unelectable conservative over a moderate Republican, thereby ensuring the election of a blue state liberal democrat to the US Senate and quite possibly killing a Republican take-over of the Senate will certainly impede “a liberal/socialistic agenda”.

Why didn’t I see this before.


19 posted on 09/12/2010 10:53:22 PM PDT by tlb
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To: Nucluside

Sarah’s people should have done much better due diligence.

I love Palin, but this and the Levi Johnson comeback were serious fubars on her research staff’s part.


20 posted on 09/12/2010 10:54:32 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR, since 1998.)
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To: Qbert

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


21 posted on 09/12/2010 10:54:45 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: stormer

She would still be better than Castle.


22 posted on 09/12/2010 11:01:12 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: tlb

“Why didn’t 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...?


23 posted on 09/12/2010 11:50:43 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: stormer

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.


24 posted on 09/13/2010 12:35:41 AM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: MindBender26

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.


25 posted on 09/13/2010 12:48:54 AM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: MindBender26

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?


26 posted on 09/13/2010 1:59:18 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: tlb

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!


27 posted on 09/13/2010 6:56:34 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only radical and destructive.)
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To: Qbert

“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.


28 posted on 09/13/2010 8:51:02 AM PDT by Lou Budvis (Refudiate 0bama '12)
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To: truthfreedom

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.


29 posted on 09/13/2010 8:56:22 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Lou Budvis

““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.”

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...


30 posted on 09/13/2010 12:04:39 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: NTHockey

Castle sits between Snowe and Collins on the ACU scale.


31 posted on 09/13/2010 2:04:55 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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