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Biden will not run for father's former Senate seat

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will not run for his father's former Senate seat, he announced via email to supporters this morning.

"I have a duty to fulfill as Attorney General - and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence," Biden wrote. "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."

The decision is a huge blow for Senate Democrats who had long insisted Biden was a certain candidate. Republican Rep. Mike Castle is now a strong favorite for the open seat.

The certainty of a Biden candidacy had declined significantly in recent weeks due, at least in part to an ongoing investigation into an alleged pedophile pediatrician being conducted by his office.

Biden also may have had doubts about a candidacy in the wake of the defeat of state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a Massachusetts special election, a race cast as a sign of just how bad the national environment had grown for Democrats.

With Biden out, Democrats are likely to turn to Newcastle County Executive Chris Coons as their preferred candidate although there is sure to be some chatter that former Lt. Gov. John Carney will switch from the House race to the Senate contest.

No matter who Democrats nominate, however, Castle is a clear favorite.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 25, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
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I think Beau Biden deciding not to run helps the Democrats. This seat was shaping up to be a repeat of Massachusetts. People are sick of these family dynasties (Kennedy, Bush, etc.) and the idea that someone is owed the seat just because a relative held it.

Posted by: buffysummers | January 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

LOL Excuse:
"The certainty of a Biden candidacy had declined significantly in recent weeks due, at least in part to an ongoing investigation into an alleged pedophile pediatrician being conducted by his office."

The Truth:
Biden also may have had doubts about a candidacy in the wake of the defeat of state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a Massachusetts special election, a race cast as a sign of just how bad the national environment had grown for Democrats.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

This article would be more helpful if it said what the situation was regarding the pediatrician. To make an offhand remark that this was was affecting the situation, without any word to what it was, is not very good journalism.

Posted by: gene4655 | January 25, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

maybe the coke snorting daughter will run

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 25, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The case involves siezing the financial assets of a convicted pedophile pediatrician. It isn't as if the defendant will find sympathy and escape justice without Biden's leadership.

Castle is about 80 going on 800. He won't run for re-election even if he survives that long.

I guess Biden figures why run now when he will have it handed to him in a few years?

Posted by: blasmaic | January 25, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Kennedy experience might have had something to do with it. Long time safe seat, heir apparent not yet quite available, faithful follower agrees to keep the seat warm, heir apparent makes his (or her) play, and THE WORLD TURNS UPSIDE DOWN!

Posted by: Three3 | January 25, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"he is showing me character which is sadly lacking in today's society."

Certainly among the rightwingnut teabagger scum posting on the WaPo boards.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 25, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

He'll wait a few years after, the national embarrasement of his father begins to fade.

Posted by: drprobus | January 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Ouch...the Dems better go for broke in getting their health care plans done in the next 8 months...they won't have an opportunity like this one for a while.

Posted by: wolfcastle | January 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

There is much more to this than meets the eye! As an Iraqi Vet Beau has seen the light! His fathers political point of view is wrong. I think Beau doesn't want to run as a Democrat. To avoid family conflict he just won't run at all.

He also knows that the political wind has dramatically changed, and he doesn't have a chance. Another slap down for Obama and the left!


Posted by: jjcrocket2 | January 25, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse


Hey, leave Beau alone. He feels he has a job to complete and I think that is a good thing. I don't believe he would have had any problem in a Senate run and he is showing me character which is sadly lacking in today's society.


Posted by: mortified469 | January 25, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Afaid of losing?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 25, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Well...that's perfectly awful. Gahhh, dangit Beau. I wonder what his dad thinks?.....crud. Anyone know how good a campainger the guy currently in the seat is?

Posted by: EricS2 | January 25, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Well...that's perfectly awful. Gahhh, dangit Beau. One would imagine dad's a bit ptrturbed.....crud. Anyoen know how good a campainger the guy currently in the seat is?

Posted by: EricS2 | January 25, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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