Tom DeLay to Formally Withdraw from House Race
Tom DeLay is planning to formally withdraw his candidacy for re-election, thus allowing for a write-in candidate.
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay intends to withdraw as a candidate for Congress, a Republican strategist said Tuesday, a step that would allow the party to field a write-in candidate in hopes of holding his seat. The development came one day after Texas Republicans lost a court battle in their bid to replace DeLay on the November ballot.
Hmm. DeLay could have done this before all the court battles. Still, a write-in candidacy is fraught with peril, usually requiring a ridiculous amount of scrutiny as to how the names are written. If one writes in “Joe Blow” or “Josef Bloe” and the candidate’s name is “Joseph Bloe,” most jurisdictions will not count the vote. There’s a reason getting the party line on the ballot is so important.