In a small state already dominated by his own party, Democrat Beau Biden has few options to move up the political ladder.
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.
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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.