With Castle Defeat, Senate GOP Candidates In Lockstep Against Climate Action

With the defeat of Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) in Tuesday’s primary by Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell, the slate of Republicans vying for election to the U.S. Senate this November is unanimously opposed to comprehensive climate legislation. An earlier Wonk Room analysis of the 37 Senate races found that Castle was the lone supporter of climate action among a sea of global warming deniers and fossil-funded anti-government ideologues. In other Republican primaries on Tuesday:

— In Wisconsin, global warming denier Dave Westlake was defeated by global warming denier Ron Johnson.

— In New York, global warming deniers Bruce Blakeman and David Malpass were defeated by Joe DioGuardi, who says he believes in global warming but opposes climate legislation.

— In New York’s other senate race, global warming denier Gary Berntsen was defeated by global warming denier Jay Townsend.

— New Hampshire’s primary between six global warming deniers remains a tight battle between Kelly Ayotte and Ovide Lamontagne.

Christine O’Donnell — a signatory of the FreedomWorks Contract From America that “reject[s] cap & trade” — has not yet taken a public stand on whether the science of man-made climate change is a conspiracy, a position many of her Tea Party supporters hold.