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Beau Biden says no -- a pickup for GOP in Delaware?

January 25, 2010 |  8:08 am

Vice President Joe Biden talks with his son U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden in Baghdad on July 4, 2009

Call it another casualty of last week's stunning upset in Massachusetts, when Republican Scott Brown defeated the Democratic establishment in a state that President Obama carried in 2008 by 26 points.

With Brown's election last Tuesday, Senate Republicans got their 41st vote and Democrats lost their 60-vote super-majority. Today, Republicans may have seen their chances increase to pick up another seat when Delaware's Atty. Gen. Beau Biden, a U.S. Army captain and son of Vice President Joe Biden, opted not to run for the Senate seat once held by his father. He announced this morning:

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 re-election as attorney general.

The younger Biden's decision leaves veteran Republican congressman and former two-term governor Mike Castle, one of the most successful politicians in Delaware history, still waiting for a Democratic opponent.

So if the popular 40-year-old son of a popular former senator -- who would be assured of tremendous and personal support from the Obama White House -- is opting not to try for the Senate, what does that say about the Democrats' chances of hanging onto power?

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: Vice President Joe Biden talks to his son, U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden, in Baghdad on July 4. Credit: Getty Images

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