2018 Delaware elections

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A general election was held in the U.S. state of Delaware on November 6, 2018. Half of Delaware's executive officers were up for election as well as a United States Senate seat and Delaware's at-large seat in the United States House of Representatives. Primary elections were held on September 6, 2018.[1]

In the general election, Democrats took over all statewide offices and defeated two of the highest ranking Republicans in the Delaware General Assembly.[2][3][4] Those races were all won by Democratic women, putting a record number of women in statewide elected offices in Delaware.[5] The Democratic Party became the first party to hold all nine statewide offices in Delaware since the Republican Party in 1970.[6]

Federal[edit]

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

State[edit]

Constitutional officers[edit]

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Matthew Denn did not run for reelection to a second term in office.[7] The Republican Party originally nominated former chief Sussex County prosecutor Peggy Marshall Thomas, however Thomas later withdrew and the party nominated former New Castle County attorney Bernard Pepukayi.[8][9][10]

Former New Castle County chief administrative officer Kathy Jennings won the Democratic nomination, defeating three opponents, and went on to defeat Pepukayi in the general election.

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy Jennings 46,038 56.6
Democratic LaKresha Roberts 17,584 21.6
Democratic Chris Johnson 12,194 15.0
Democratic Tim Mullaney 5,513 6.8
Margin of victory 28,454 35.0%
Turnout 81,329 25.4%[11]
Total votes 81,329 100.0
Delaware Attorney General election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy Jennings 218,332 61.31%
Republican Bernard Pepukayi 137,725 38.69%
Total votes 356,057 100%
Democratic hold

Treasurer[edit]

Republican nominee and incumbent State Treasurer Ken Simpler, Democratic nominee Colleen Davis, and Green nominee David Chandler (who was also the nominee in 2014), were all unopposed in their respective primaries. Davis won the general election, denying Simpler a second term in office.[13]

Delaware State Treasurer election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Colleen Davis 187,225 52.36%
Republican Ken Simpler (incumbent) 163,999 45.87%
Green David Chandler 6,300 1.77%
Total votes 357,524 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

Auditor of Accounts[edit]

Incumbent Republican State Auditor Tom Wagner did not run for reelection to an eighth term. Republican nominee James Spadola was unopposed in his respective primary and won the nomination.

Kathy McGuiness won the Democratic nomination, defeating two opponents, and went on to win the general election against Spadola.

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy McGuiness 33,240 41.9
Democratic Kathleen Davies 27,748 34.9
Democratic Dennis E. Williams 18,431 23.2
Total votes 79,419 100
Delaware State Auditor election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy McGuiness 205,611 57.90%
Republican James Spadola 149,479 42.10%
Total votes 355,090 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

General Assembly[edit]

Senate[edit]

The state of Delaware will have various State Senate elections in the general election.

District 2

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Darius J. Brown 2,115 38.4
Democratic Bobbie Cummings 1,387 25.2
Democratic Sam Guy 1,280 23.2
Democratic Herman Holloway Jr. 727 13.2
Total votes 5,509 100
Delaware State Senate District 2 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Darius J. Brown 11,773 100%
Total votes 11,773 100%
Democratic hold

District 3

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman 2,143 56.4
Democratic Jordan Hines 1,660 43.6
Total votes 3,803 100
Delaware State Senate District 3 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman 9,099 100%
Total votes 9,099 100%
Democratic hold

District 4

Delaware State Senate District 4 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Laura Sturgeon 11,251 53.13%
Republican Gregory Lavelle (incumbent) 9,924 46.87%
Total votes 21,175 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

District 6

Delaware State Senate District 6 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ernesto Lopez (incumbent) 14,781 52.67%
Democratic David Baker 13,283 47.33%
Total votes 28,064 100%
Republican hold

District 10

Delaware State Senate District 10 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Stephanie Hansen (incumbent) 11,665 62.06%
Republican Christine Metzing 7,129 37.94%
Total votes 18,794 100%
Democratic hold

District 11

Delaware State Senate District 11 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bryan Townsend (incumbent) 10,420 75.74%
Republican Dan Kapitanic 3,336 24.26%
Total votes 13,756 100%
Democratic hold

District 16

Delaware State Senate District 16 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Colin Bonini (incumbent) 8,617 55.09%
Democratic Louisa Phillips 7,027 44.91%
Total votes 15,644 100%
Republican hold

District 17

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Justin King 1,240 67.5
Republican Donyale Hall 596 32.5
Total votes 1,836 100
Delaware State Senate District 17 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic W. Charles Paradee 9,343 64.27%
Republican Justin King 5,194 35.73%
Total votes 14,537 100%
Democratic hold

District 18

Delaware State Senate District 18 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Wilson 10,816 65.17%
Democratic James Purcell 5,783 34.83%
Total votes 16,599 100%
Republican hold

District 21

Delaware State Senate District 21 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bryant Richardson (incumbent) 8,816 65.03%
Democratic Bob Wheatley 4,741 34.97%
Total votes 13,557 100%
Republican hold

House of Representatives[edit]

Certain notable State House elections are below.

District 6

Delaware State House District 6 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Debra Heffernan (incumbent) 7,073 65.32%
Republican Jeffrey Olmstead 3,754 34.68%
Total votes 10,827 100%
Democratic hold

District 7 Incumbent State Representative Bryon Short did not run for reelection. Perennial candidate Rose Izzo previously ran her campaign for the Republican Party's nomination, but later switched to run for the Democratic nomination. Eric Braunstein won the Republican primary unopposed.

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ray Seigfried 762 28.7
Democratic Larry Lambert 676 25.5
Democratic Joe Daigle 661 24.9
Democratic Catherine Imburgia 300 11.3
Democratic Rose Izzo 257 9.7
Total votes 2,656 100
Delaware State House District 7 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ray Seigfried 5,943 62.92%
Republican Eric Braunstein 3,348 35.44%
Libertarian Scott Gesty 154 1.64%
Total votes 9,445 100%
Democratic hold

District 10

Delaware State House District 10 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sean Matthews (incumbent) 6,448 68.69%
Republican Erin Wienner 2,938 31.31%
Total votes 9,386 100%
Democratic hold

District 12

Democratic primary, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Krista Griffith 1,726 63.7
Democratic Rachel Blumenfeld 982 36.3
Total votes 2,708 100
Delaware State House District 12 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Krista Griffith 6,691 53.14%
Republican Deborah Hudson (incumbent) 5,898 46.86%
Total votes 12,589 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

District 36 After Kerri Evelyn Harris's loss in the U.S. Senate election, many progressive Delaware Democrats shifted focus to support Don Allan in District 36. He was endorsed by Our Revolution, Delaware United, Kerri Evelyn Harris, and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester.

Delaware State House District 36 election, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bryan Shupe 5,244 64.81%
Democratic Don Allan 2,848 35.19%
Total votes 8,092 100%
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State of Delaware Primary Election Official Results". Dover, Delaware: Delaware Commissioner of Elections. September 6, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Barrish, Cris (November 6, 2018). "Democrats sweep Delaware statewide offices". WHYY.
  3. ^ Schmidt, Sophia (November 7, 2018). "State House and Senate Minority Whips ousted by Democratic challengers". Delaware Public Media.
  4. ^ "State of Delaware General Election Official Results". Dover, Delaware: Delaware Commissioner of Elections. November 6, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Goss, Scott (November 7, 2018). "Women led the charge in Delaware's election night victories". The News Journal.
  6. ^ "Del. Democrats Sworn in to Statewide Offices". WBOC 16. January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Attorney General Matt Denn will not seek re-election".
  8. ^ Diehl, Josh. "Peggy Marshall Thomas enters Attorney General race".
  9. ^ "Delaware's lone Republican in the attorney general race drops out".
  10. ^ https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/20/bernard-pepukayi-election-delaware-attorney-general-republican/1040132002/
  11. ^ "State of Delaware - Department of Elections · Office of the State Election Commissioner". elections.delaware.gov. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "State of Delaware General Election (Official Results)". State of Delaware Election Commissioner. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "Simpler to run for re-election as state treasurer".