Beau Biden will not seek Senate seat 

The vice president's son, Beau Biden, has surprised Democrats in his state by deciding not to run for U.S. Senate.

Biden is Delaware's attorney general and was widely expected to run. The seat being kept warm by Ted Kaufman, a former staffer to Joe Biden, who held the office for decades before being tapped as President Obama's running mate. Beau Biden's absence from the race means a win is much more likely for Republican Mike Castle, a member of the House who is considered a moderate.

Beau Biden's decision comes less than a week after Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley failed in her bid to become the Democratic successor to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. She lost to Republican Scott Brown by five points.

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