Delaware elections, 2012

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Delaware's 2012 general elections will be held on November 6, 2012. Primary elections will be held on September 11, 2012.

Federal[edit]

Senate[edit]

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Carper, who has held the position since 2001, is running for re-election.[1][2] Keith Spanarelli, a businessman, is challenging Carper in the Democratic primary.[3]

Kevin Wade, a businessman, is seeking the Republican nomination.[4]

Andrew Groff, a businessman, is running as the nominee of the Green Party. Groff has also been endorsed by the Libertarian Party.[5][6] Alex Pires, a businessman and attorney, is running as the nominee of the Independent Party of Delaware.[7][8]

House of Representatives[edit]

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative John Carney, who has held the position since 2011, is running for re-election.[9]

Rose Izzo, a housewife and unsuccessful Republican primary candidate for the seat in 2010, and Tom Kovach, the president of the New Castle County Council, are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Carney.[10][11]

Bernie August is running as the nominee of the Green Party.[12] Scott Gesty, an accountant, is running as the nominee of the Libertarian Party. Gesty has also been endorsed by the Independent Party of Delaware.[13]

State[edit]

Constitutional officers[edit]

Governor[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Governor Jack Markell, who has held the position since 2009, is running for re-election.[14]

Jeff Cragg, a businessman, is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Markell.[15]

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Democratic incumbent Matt Denn, who has held the position of Lieutenant Governor of Delaware since 2009, is running for re-election.[16]

Sher Valenzuela, a businesswoman, is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Denn.[15]

Margie Waite-McKeown is running as the nominee of the Libertarian Party.[6]

Insurance Commissioner[edit]

Democratic incumbent Karen Weldin Stewart, who has held the position of Insurance Commissioner of Delaware since 2009, is running for re-election.[17] Mitch Crane, a lawyer, former judge, and former acting director of the Consumer Services and Investigations under Stewart; Paul Gallagher, an insurance agent; and Dennis Spivack, a former Deputy state Attorney General and Democratic nominee for the At-large congressional seat in 2006, are challenging Stewart in the Democratic primary. Crane has received the endorsement of the Delaware Democratic Party.[18][19]

Ben Mobley, a former investment adviser at Morgan Stanley, is seeking the Republican nomination.[20]

David Eisenhour is running as the nominee of the Libertarian Party.[6]

General Assembly[edit]

State Senate[edit]

Because of redistricting, all 21 members of the Delaware Senate are up for election. The state Senate currently consists of 14 Democrats and 7 Republicans.

Open seats

District 6: Republican incumbent and Minority Whip Liane Sorenson is retiring.[21]

District 20: Democratic incumbent George Bunting is retiring.[22]

State House of Representatives[edit]

All 41 members of the Delaware House of Representatives are up for election. The state House currently consists of 26 Democrats and 15 Republicans.

Open seats

District 1: Democratic incumbent Dennis P. Williams is running for mayor of Wilmington.[23]

District 11: Republican incumbent and Minority Leader Greg Lavelle is running for the 4th district state Senate seat.[24]

District 19: Democratic incumbent and Speaker of the House Robert Gilligan is retiring.[25]

District 20: This is a new seat, with no current incumbent.[26]

District 23: Democratic incumbent Teresa Schooley is retiring.[27]

District 32: Democratic incumbent E. Bradford "Brad" Bennett is retiring.[28]

District 38: Republican incumbent Gerald Hocker is running for the 20th district state Senate seat.[29]

District 40: Republican incumbent Biff Lee is retiring.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catanese, David (November 18, 2010). "Tom Carper to Harry Reid: Pick 2 chairmen". Politico. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Del. Sen. Carper Files for Re-election". Associated Press. WBOC-TV. May 26, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Nuzback, Kara (August 6, 2012). "Smyrna resident challenges Carper in primary". Cape Gazette. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Armstrong, Mellany (January 3, 2012). "Businessman Kevin Wade to run for U.S. Senate". WDEL. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Andrew Groff". Green Party of the United States. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Delaware Candidates Nominated or Endorsed". Libertarian Party of Delaware. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Starkey, Jonathan (August 4, 2012). "Independent Pires takes aim at shaking up D.C.". The News Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Koch, Andrew (July 17, 2012). "Pires Accepts Unanimous Nomination As IPoD Candidate For U.S. Senate". WGMD. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ Hayes, Jennifer (August 8, 2012). "Following the money trail: Delaware congressional candidates off to a slow start". Dover Post. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Izzo running for U.S. House seat again". The News Journal. October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. [dead link]
  11. ^ Cherry, Amy (October 11, 2011). "NCCo Council President running for Congress". WDEL. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ "GPDE nominates candidates for U.S. Senate, House". Green Party of Delaware. June 8, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Independent Party of Delaware endorses Scott Gesty for US House". Scott Gesty for U.S. Congress. August 7, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ Starkey, Jonathan (August 16, 2012). "Markell off leash in aiding Obama". The News Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Hayes, Jennifer (April 11, 2012). "Cragg, Valenzuela announce bid for gubernatorial ticket". Dover Post. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Denn announces run for re-election". Cape Gazette. August 25, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  17. ^ Manahan, Kim (August 22, 2012). "Democrats debate Insurance Commissioner position". Middletown Transcript. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  18. ^ Loudell, Allan (July 6, 2011). "State Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin-Stewart draws an early Dem. Primary opponent: A former employee!". WDEL. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  19. ^ Starkey, Jonathan (July 24, 2012). "Mitch Crane gets DSEA endorsement". The News Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  20. ^ Cohen, Celia (December 1, 2011). "EARLY LINE 2012: AN UPDATE". Delaware Grapevine. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b Hayes, Jennifer (April 3, 2012). "Sorenson, Lee announce plans to retire from General Assembly". Dover Post. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Sen. Bunting to retire". Dover Post. March 14, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  23. ^ Min, Shirley (November 17, 2011). "Delaware State Representative running for Wilmington Mayor". WHYY. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  24. ^ Gerace, Frank (June 4, 2012). "House Minority Leader Lavelle announces state Senate bid". WDEL. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  25. ^ Chase, Randall (July 1, 2012). "House Speaker Gilligan stepping down". Associated Press. WDEL. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ Bouchat-Friedman, Danielle (August 21, 2012). "County races highlight Hockessin forum". Community News. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  27. ^ Denison, Doug (June 7, 2012). "Newark Rep. Schooley to retire UPDATE: Two Dems file". The News Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  28. ^ Prado, Antonio (June 6, 2012). "State Rep. Brad Bennett will not seek re-election as he continues treatment for alcoholism". Dover Post. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  29. ^ Steele, Kelli (April 13, 2012). "Rep. Hocker Announces Run for Retiring Sen. George Bunting’s Seat". WGMD. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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