Tom Ross, the chairman of the Republican Party of Delaware, told me after the Republican National Committee state chairmen’s meeting that Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) is probably going to opt for a U.S. Senate campaign in 2010.
“He spoke at our state convention,” said Ross, “and the audience was full of homemade ‘Castle for Senate’ stickers. I think he’s going to make a decision in the next couple of weeks and he’s leaning toward running for Senate. And if he runs, he’ll win.”
Castle is one of the more moderate members of the House GOP conference, although he joined the party’s unanimous votes against the economic stimulus package and the budget blueprint. There’s really not much of a Republican bench in Delaware, so this is one case where the party could get a moderate candidate on the ballot without blocking and tackling the conservative base.