Delaware Senate Race: A Kamikaze Republican and the Tea Party

By JONATHAN KARL and GREGORY SIMMONS, ABC News

In Tuesday’s Delaware primary, the tea party movement may inflict its most devastating wound yet to the Republican establishment.

With an assist from Sarah Palin, tea party activists in Delaware are trying to defeat the Republican candidate with the best chance to win Joe Biden’s old Senate seat and nominate instead a candidate Republican leaders say has no chance of winning the general election in November.

Rep. Mike Castle is considered a slam dunk to capture Joe Biden’s old Senate seat. Castle is a pro-abortion rights, pro-gun control Republican who often works with Democrats. Those traits have helped make him the most popular Republican in a state that leans heavily Democratic; Castle has twice been elected governor and was elected as Delaware’s sole representative in the House nine times.

But Castle’s moderate politics have enraged tea party activists and given Christine O’Donnell an opening.

“The Republican Party has lost its way,” O’Donnell said. “They get behind candidates like my opponent who don’t even support the Republican platform, who continue to support the Democrats’ agenda, lock-step-and-barrel.”

Castle hasn’t had a seriously contested primary since 1992. He said he’s confident this time, but acknowledges he could go down.

To read more, visit: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/delaware-senate-race-kamikaze-republican-tea-party/story?id=11627467

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