Editor’s Note – Coming on the heels of this past Sunday’s 9/12 Rally in Washington, DC, which focused primarily on getting the attention of the establishment politicians through the electoral process, today’s primary election presents another opportunity for the tea party movement to do just that.
The race to watch is in the Delaware primary, where a defeat of incumbent Mike Castle (R) will shake the establishment to the core.
‘Tea Party’ Hopes To Stay Hot
Delaware, N.H. races seen as key for Senate
By Joseph Weber
The “tea party” movement is trying to add to its string of nationwide GOP primary upsets this election year by winning Tuesday in New Hampshire and Delaware, both crucial seats in the fight to control the Senate.
A win in the Delaware primary, featuring establishment-backed Rep. Michael N. Castle and “tea party” favorite Christine O’Donnell, would perhaps be the most stunning of this cycle. Mr. Castle, who has held elected office in the state since the mid-1960s, had what appeared to be an insurmountable lead until recently, and a tea party victory in the largely Democratic mid-Atlantic region until this month was considered nearly impossible.
A poll released this week by Public Policy Polling shows Ms. O’Donnell leading Mr. Castle by 3 percentage points, 47 percent to 44 percent.
“It looks like there’s a real possibility of a major upset,” said the firm’s blogger Tom Jensen.
The Delaware and New Hampshire primaries are among several high-profile races Tuesday, including the Democratic race for the House in New York in which incumbent Rep. Charles B. Rangel hopes voters will reserve judgment until the conclusion of a congressional ethics investigation and put him on track for a 21st term.
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