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August 30, 2010


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Jonny V

Vote for ODonell! Shes the only real conservative real American in this race.


Castles lead over Coons dropped from 25 to 11 or 12 between May 1 and July 15. Anyone who thinks Castle is a shoo-in is badly mistaken. DE is quite a blue state and Castle v. Coons will be close and ODonnell v. Coons is an easily retain for the Dems.

Unstable Isotope

If youre going to poll Delaware, please also poll the GOP primary for the DE-AL seat. The establishment candidate has a serious threat from Tea Partier Glen Urquhart, according to your own numbers.


While adhering to a certain orthodoxy seems important, I dont see where the voters werent pragmatic. Angle, Buck, and Paul were only polling 2-3 points below their competition. Its possible that would erased by the general, since Buck and Paul both are leading. Campbell was outpolling Fiorina. Fiorina now leads in the latest Surveyusa poll. I voted for Campbell, but now I think Fiorina is more electable. If your numbers are right, Miller is a big outlier in that group. A month ago, 538 had both him and Miller as 100% to win. I dont think any of these have the divide that a McCain or Boozman (or Castle) loss might have. As you say, Mike Castle has been elected statewide 13 times. If he cant figure out how to win this primary, then its on him.Where it might cost the GOP is in the House. There have been districts like NJ-6 where a well financed candidate was beaten by one with nothing in the bank.


Mike Castle is precisely the type of incumbent that Tea Party activists despise most. Even moderately conservative Reps have always been uncomfortable with him. Wouldnt surprise me a bit if they moved to take him out, regardless of the likely consequences for the seat (and his loss would, I think, absolutely hand the seat to the Dems).

Dustin Ingalls

I dont think that Castle will lose because: As a staunch conservative I wouldve voted for Miller in Alaska because hell win anyway, but wouldt in Delaware because I dont want to hand the election to Coons.Pragmatism and electability seemingly have little bearing on this years GOP primary voters decision matrices.


To be fair, your recent Alaska poll had Murkowski 47/47 among Republicans, so clearly the primary had quite an effect on her numbers. Im not sure if theres time for something like that to happen to Castle.


Sarah Palin has won some and lost some this year.


To vote for ODonell, youd really have to be willing to hand the seat to Coons. That is, youd consider Castle and Coons of marginal difference so as to make a protest vote for ODonnell.To those of you out there who feel this way, let me say that (1) Mike Castles first vote will be for Mitch McConnell, not Harry Reid (or Schumer or Durbin) for majority leader, (2) that taking VP Bidens seat for the GOP is probably a better protest vote than defeating a GOP moderate; and (3) remember that Reagan said a person who agrees with me 80% of the time is a friend, not a 20% traitor.Please think carefully before you vote for ODonnell.


Of course your polling suggests that Palin had little impact - because youre just not capable of giving the woman any credit. Its just plain odd? She has galvinized the right and yet everyone seems bent on marginalizing her? Keep trying!


I dont think that Castle will lose because: As a staunch conservative I wouldve voted for Miller in Alaska because hell win anyway, but wouldt in Delaware because I dont want to hand the election to Coons.

Aaron Farber

Murkowski was given her seat by her father which created a tremendous amount of animosity towards her. How could this author forget that?This is very unusual, extenuating circumstances. I do think that Republicans, smelling blood in the water, will be willing to consider voting for OConnell.


Oh Jason, apparently you are that unaware. You probably think PPP has a left wing bias, so well just skip talking about them, even though the results here are perfectly normal.Right wing Rasmussen polled Delaware on August 6 and found Coons 46% (D), ODonnell 36% (R). And you are telling me ODonnell has a chance? The poll you reference is an outlier. She also is despised by everyone, has tax liens, and is generally corrupt. (something not found with Sharron Angle, even if she is extremely way out of the main stream). PPP found Coons 44 (D), and ODonnell 37% (R). So she is NOT more electable.


Dont buy in to the a vote for Christine ODonnell will hand a victory to Chris Coons garbage. That is the tag line of the liberal Republican establishment.Christine is competitive with Chris Coons and was 2 points ahead in the July 15th Rasmussen poll.A vote for Christine ODonnell is a vote to save the republic. A vote for Castle is vote for the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda.


Johnny Vs blog name links to a Penis Enlargment site.And his urging to vote for Christine ODonnell, the only real conservative real American in the race, contrasts substantially with his comment on the Alaska Sen Post:Hopefully some of these far right wing candidates that the Tea Party people have nominated for the Republicans will lose and keep the D losses to a min.This Miller guy in Alasks, Paul in Arkansas, Rubio in Florida, and Angle in Arkansas all need to go down for the future of our country.In addition to not being factually correct (Angle is in Nevada and Paul is in Kentucky, neither in Arkansas), Johnny V has an agenda that hes pushing in these comments.


Looking at your favorability numbers for Castle and Murkowski, one sees that Castle has a 60% approval rating among Republicans, while Murkowski had a 47% approval rating. Also, among conservatives, Castle had a 46% approval rating while Murkowski had a 36% approval rating. Based on this, I would predict Castle does ~10 points better than Murkowski did, so Id guess about 60 Castle-40 Odonnell. OTOH, his approval rating among Republicans and conservatives could change once the Tea Party Express starts attacking him.


If people really cant stand Castle, then do your best to make sure that he doesnt get any important positions in the Senate. But dont vote for ODonnell. If you saw the recent interview by a local radio host who had endorsed her in 06 against Carper, then you would see just how shady and unorganized a character she really is, not to mention how bad a candidate she is. This is her third time looking for a Senate election. That makes her a perenial candidate. People know her. They have already decided they dont like her. This will not soon change, and while I was at one point open to an ODonnell win, I saw that interview and realized how she is essentially our Alvin Greene.Delaware is deep blue. Even good candidates, like a Jim DeMint or Joe Miller cant win if they are too conservative to appeal to those who call themselves independents in a state like Delaware.These are the races we will pick up:ArkansasColoradoNorth DakotaIndianaPennsylvaniaDelaware (only if Castle is the Nominee)Ones we will probably pick up:WashingtonNevadaIllinoisOnes we can Pick up with some luck:WisconsinCaliforniaWest VirginiaNevada used to be a sure thing, and the Sharron Angle won the primary. She has been a less than perfect candidate, and her nomination has single handedly made the race competitive.Under the rosiest of circumstances, the Republicans gain 12 seats. Possible yes. Likely, no. With ODonnell as the nominee? Impossible.Castle will be there with us on the important votes, or at least most of them. Moderates tend to like the majority, whoever that is. He is also a safe bet to win against Coons. ODonnell would cost us the majority, which is definitely within our reach now. WT (while quoting Reagan) put it perfectly: A person who agrees with me 60% of the time (in Castles case) is a friend, not a 40% enemy.

Arthur Schaper

Despite the concerns that hard-core conservatives may have about Mike Castle, he did earn a 56 from the American Conservative Union, which is a lot better than the Democratic challenger Coons, who has earned a score of 17 from the ACU.Someone who has some conservative leanings is better than none. More importantly, Castle is polling ten points ahead of the sole Democratic challenger, whereas the Tea Party Candidate Christine ODonnell is polling ten points BEHIND Coons. She cannot win the Senate Seat.Furthermore, even if he electability is not the issue of certain voters, every voter in Delaware needs to take into account the dubious integrity of Christine ODonnell. Its apparent to me that she has a real truth problem. She cannot keep her political facts straight or maintain her finances properly.Also, I have no interest in voting for a person who screams gender discrimination in suing a conservative Think Tank. Such behavior is unbecoming of any conservative.Vote for Mike Castle for US Senate September 14, 2010!

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