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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Castle
Rep. Michael N. Castle, stunned in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware last month by a "tea party"-backed rival, has announced that he will not stay in the race as a write-in candidate.
Rep. Michael N. Castle said he will not pursue the state's U.S. Senate seat as a write-in candidate.
Entitlement reform has become a leading issue in this year's Republican primaries. I don't mean the kind of entitlement reform associated with Medicare or Social Security. I'm referring to the Republican Party's establishment figures and their exaggerated sense of political entitlement.
As the electoral fog lifted after this week's primaries, the Republican Party on Wednesday began the awkward task of reaching out to "tea party"-backed winners they previously shunned.
In one of the most stunning results of the midterm season, marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell, backed with endorsements from tea party activists and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, became the latest "outsider" candidate to knock off an establishment-backed Republican by defeating Rep. Michael N. Castle in Delaware's Senate primary.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed Christine O'Donnell's bid for Senate, one day after the "tea party" favorite defeated party establishment candidate Rep. Mike Castle in the GOP primary in Delaware.
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.
Republican leaders, top strategists and even the Delaware state GOP chairman have taken the unusual step of openly working to defeat 'tea party' favorite Christine O'Donnell and ensure the nomination of their preferred candidate, nine-term Rep. Michael N. Castle.
"She is well aware of the fact that she's on the target list," said Mr. Castle, a Snowe ally. "She'll be ready for it."
"Not because of the competence of any of the candidates, but because the primary I went through was very nasty in a variety of ways, both politically and personally, and I've just declined to get involved in that," he said.