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Castle, a longtime member of Congress, is not optimistic the GOP will come back anytime soon in the state. He noted the local GOP has made gains and there are recent “positive steps” for the state party, but he worries that Democratic registration numbers weigh on anyone looking at running for House or Senate.
“The Democrats control all but one of the statewide seats, and they have a substantial plurality in terms of registration,” Castle added. “As a result, I think it has given pause to some Republican candidates in coming forward and running.”
Local Republicans did name a few future potential candidates: state Rep. Ruth Briggs King, state Sen. Ernesto Lopez, state Senate Minority Whip Leader Greg Lavelle and state Sen. Colin Bonini. They also mentioned 2008 lieutenant governor candidate Charlie Copeland, but his interest in federal office is unclear.
Farm Team is a state-by-state look at the up-and-coming politicos who may eventually run for Congress. The column runs on Thursdays.