The Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Thursday that Delaware's Senate contest between Tea Party-favorite Christine O'Donnell and Democrat Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsUS, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks How the United States can pass Civics 101 Americans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster MORE "looks like it's not as competitive as other races across the country."

Speaking to reporters after an event at the National Press Club, Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Cornyn is most prolific tweeter in Congress so far in 2021 Schumer 'exploring' passing immigration unilaterally if talks unravel MORE (R-Texas) reiterated the NRSC's backing of O'Donnell and said the committee would support her financially "as appropriate." 

But Cornyn suggested that without Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) as the Republican nominee, the seat is less winnable for his party this fall.


"It's no secret that I believe Castle would have won that race handily," Cornyn said. 

On Wednesday, Castle decided against waging a write-in bid this fall, an option he told reporters last week that he was considering. The latest polling in the race gives Coons a double-digit lead over O'Donnell. 

Cornyn also predicted victory for Republican businessman John Raese over Gov. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDemocrats hit crucial stretch as filibuster fight looms Biden's elitist work-family policy won't work for most families The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE (D-W.Va.) in West Virginia's Senate election this fall. The NRSC launched a $1.2 million ad buy targeting Manchin last week in a race that polls have shown is unexpectedly close.