SOUND OFF DELAWARE: GOP divide

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A Sunday article reported that at the time of the 2000 general election, 42.6 percent of Delaware’s 503,614 registered voters were Democrats and 34 percent were Republicans.

Nearly 18 years later, the divide is much greater: As of Sept. 1, the state had 691,763 registered voters, 47.3 percent of whom are Democrats and 27.8 percent of whom are Republicans.

• Mike Castle had absolutely no chance of beating Chris Coons in 2010. S Christine O’Donnell lost the general election by 17 points (margin). But the Republican nominee before her lost by 41 points (margin). The Republican nominee after her lost by 37 points (margin). Christine O’Donnell out-performed any Republican nominee for U.S. Senate since Bill Roth lost. Meanwhile, Mike Castle was facing dwindling votes against token candidates. The Democrats’ last two House candidates against Mike Castle spent a total of $22,000 for a statewide House seat and $26,000 total. That means that the Delaware Democratic Party did nothing whatsoever to back their nominee. Yet Castle barely won against those paper tiger candidates. — Jonathon Moseley

• I am a Republican. I liked GW Bush, not so much Obama because of Biden. I generally vote against incumbents just because they have had a chance and didn’t do their job. Delaware voters aren’t too smart because, in most elections, they vote for a name they know and not the qualifications of the person running. Voters should find out who is running for re-election and automatically vote for the other person. Unless, of course, you like the way our state and federal governments are being run. Then you might just be part of the problem. — Timmy Harmon

• It’s no surprise that a large number of people have shifted to the left. The current state government since 1992 has done nothing but hand out entitlements and amenities drawing them to the their side while spending more year after year. Between support to their supporters and corporate welfare we’ve been moving backwards ever since. The working man has been the forgotten man. Fewer freedoms exist today than did in 2000. New Castle County once had a thriving corporate economy but what do we see up there today? — Robert Kirby

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