Younger Biden declines Delaware Senate bid


Democrats were hoping that the Senate seat abandoned by Joe Biden (D-DE) would stay in the family, in the form of a November victory for it by Biden’s son Beau. But the younger Biden has decided not to run, improving the prospects of US Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE).

Beau Biden is currently the state’s attorney general.

Biden told supporters that he is in the midst of an important case and felt the need to see it through. His chief concern involves child predators.

He told supporters, “My first responsibilities are here in Delaware,” Biden wrote. “I have a duty to fulfill as attorney general — and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence. And that is what I must do. Therefore, I cannot and will not run for the United States Senate in 2010. I will run for reelection as attorney general.”

RBR-TVBR observation: Both CQ Politics and The Cook Political Report had predicted that this seat was headed to the Republican Party. The Democrats will have to scramble now to find a candidate, who will likely face an even steeper uphill battle.