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DE-AL: Rep. Mike Castle is retiring
Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: State of Delaware
Days until the election: 19
It's one of the few districts in which Democrats are on offense. The open, at-large seat from Delaware could switch parties for the first time in 17 years.
Republican Rep. Mike Castle, who lost his party's nomination for the Senate to Christine O'Donnell, has represented the first state in the House since 1993. Now, Democrat John Carney is fighting hard to replace him and buck the national trend leaning towards a possible Republican majority in Congress.
The race is tightening up as Election Day draws near. Last week, a Farleigh Dickinson University poll gave Carney a 15 point advantage. On Tuesday, Monmouth University released a poll with Urquhart behind Carney 53 – 44 percent. Both polls had a 3.5 percent margin of error.
The candidates are focusing on unemployment and the economy, each positioning themselves as the one who will help bring in jobs and preserve Delaware's corporate climate. Carney, a former state finance secretary and lieutenant governor, favors a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts, supports the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, and investing in renewable energy for green jobs. Urquhart, a businessman and former Reagan administration official, wants a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts, more private enterprise tax cuts, and opposes the Dodd-Frank bill.
When it comes to money though, Carney significantly outflanks his opponent. At the end of August, he had more than $900,000 cash on hand, while Urquhart had slightly less than $200,000.
Carney also holds an 18 percent lead in the Democratic stronghold of New Castle County, the most populous county in the state. In Kent and Sussex counties, Urquhart holds a 6 percent lead, according to the Monmouth University poll.
If Democrats add any seats to their side this year, Delaware could be one of their best chances.