Defining battles in a Republican Party feud will play out during the next month in primaries that will help determine control of the U.S. Senate and shape the party’s priorities before the 2016 presidential campaign.
The election that will determine control of the U.S. Senate is more than seven months away, an eternity in American politics. Even so, independent analysts are increasingly bullish on Republican prospects of gaining the six seats the party needs to win control of the chamber.
Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell defeated a veteran lawmaker for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Delaware, an upset analysts said would increase Democrats’ chances of holding the seat and retaining control of the chamber in November.
It’s one thing for a political movement to nominate someone unconventional. It’s quite another to elect someone whom senior Republicans called “delusional,” a bit “nutty” and unelectable even as “ dog catcher .”
Michael Castle , a former U.S. congressman from Delaware who lost a Senate primary to Tea Party advocate Christine O’Donnell , joined law firm DLA Piper LLP ’s government affairs practice as a partner.
The Republicans are poised to retake the U.S. House and narrow Democrats’ margin in the Senate, delivering a rebuke to President Barack Obama ’s party in a campaign shaped by voter anxiety over jobs and the economy.