Castle To Poll On Viability Of Write-In Campaign

In an election season that has thrown us many curve balls, there could be one more left in the form of a write-in campaign by Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate Race:

Rep. Mike Castle is planning on polling a potential three-way Senate race to test his chances as a write-in candidate, a Delaware Republican tells POLITICO.

Castle, who lost his GOP primary by a 6-point margin to tea party upstart Christine O’Donnell nine days ago, opened the door to a potential write-in bid Wednesday evening when he told reporters off the House floor it was still a possibility he was considering.

The GOP source did not have specifics on when Castle’s team would conduct the poll, but viewed it as a practical step even if the nine-term congressman was unlikely to re-enter the race.

A spokeswoman for Castle, who put the chances of him running as a write-in “under 5 percent,” said her boss likely wouldn’t settle on a final decision before next week. According to the state Elections Commission, Castle would have to complete a form by next Thursday to officially qualify as a write-in candidate.

Said Castle spokeswoman Kate Dickens: “A lot of encouragement has come in, nice calls from people in Delaware who want an independent voice.”

Dickens, who would not confirm a plan to poll, said Castle has mostly been focused on House business, but has taken calls from those urging him to pursue a bid without a party banner.
Delaware GOP National Committeewoman Priscilla Rakestraw said she has fielded dozens of calls over the last 48 hours, mostly from Democrats, about a potential Castle write-in campaign.

“They want to organize a write-in campaign. I’m stunned. Obviously, they don’t like their option of voting for Chris Coons. I pass them along to Mike Castle’s organization. I think they are waiting for a nod from Castle,” Rakestraw said.

This leaves Castle open to the same “sore loser” charge that has been leveled, correctly I think, against Lisa Murkowsk, of course. And it appears from this and other reports that the odds are fairly low that Castle will actually launch a write-in bid. Nonetheless, get out the popcorn, because Delaware could turn out to be more entertaining than it has in a long time.

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  1. James says:

    Lifer Politicians have brought us 14 / 130 Trillion in National Debt.
    Three way (Lifer Write in) Campaign the Statuesque wins.
    Any one remember 70% Taxes, hope you like the Statuesque.
    Seems to me serve two terms retire with Dignity.
    If it’s Musical Chairs we don’t need Political Party’s.

  2. I dont know who is worse, she or the
    <a href=”“>Tea Party</a>

  3. Alex Knapp says:

    Is this really “sore loser”-dom when polling puts Castle way ahead of Coons and O’Donnell?