United States Senate election in Delaware, 2000

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United States Senate election in Delaware, 2000
Delaware
1994 ←
November 7, 2000 → 2006

  Tom Carper, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Sen. William V. Roth (R-DE).jpg
Nominee Thomas Carper William Roth
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 181,566 142,891
Percentage 55.5% 43.7%

Delaware election results, NC Democrat, Kent Sussex Republican.PNG

County results

U.S. Senator before election

William V. Roth
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Tom Carper
Democratic

The 2000 United States Senate election in Delaware was held on November 7, 2000, in conjunction with the 2000 U.S. presidential election, other elections to the United States Senate in other states, as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives, and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator William Roth ran for re-election to a sixth term, but was defeated by Governor Tom Carper.

Major candidates[edit]

Democrat[edit]

  • Tom Carper, Governor of Delaware and former U.S. Congressman

Republican[edit]

Campaign[edit]

For 16 years the same four people had held the four major statewide positions. Because of term limits on the Governor's position Carper had to retire. Both he and U.S. Representative Castle wanted to be U.S. Senator. Roth would not retire voluntarily and fellow Republican Castle decided against a primary. Carper defeated Roth by over ten points. However, Roth received more votes than Presidential candidate George W. Bush, suggesting the strength of the Democratic turnout was a boon to Carper's candidacy and a key element of his victory.

Roth, 79, was in the U.S. Senate for thirty years. He was the Chairman of the Finance Committee. Carper, 53, was a popular Governor and former U.S. Congressman of Delaware's At-large congressional district, who announced his major candidacy against Roth back in September 1999.[1] Both candidates were moderates. Roth was one of the few Republicans to vote for the Brady Bill. Although Roth started the campaign with a 2-to-1 spending advantage, Carper went into the final month with more than $1 million on hand.[2] In a contest between two popular and respected politicians, the issue seemed to be Roth's age versus Carper's relative youth.

Carper defeated Roth by over ten points. However, Roth received more votes than Presidential candidate George W. Bush, suggesting the strength of the Democratic turnout was a boon to Carper's candidacy and a key element of his victory. Many consider Carper's upset due to age, as Roth collapsed at a campaign event.[3]

Results[edit]

General election results[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thomas Carper 181,566 55.53% +13.04%
Republican William V. Roth (inc.) 142,891 43.70% -12.12%
Libertarian J. Burke Morrison 1,103 0.34% -1.36%
Constitution Mark E. Dankof 1,044 0.32%
Natural Law Robert Mattson 389 0.12%
Majority 38,675 11.83% -1.51%
Turnout 326,993
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.cnn.com/1999-09-21/politics/senate.2000_delaware.senate_1_delaware-governor-sixth-senate-term-delaware-residents?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS
  2. ^ http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/62928651.html?dids=62928651:62928651&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Oct+26%2C+2000&author=Curtis+Wilkie%2C+Globe+Correspondent&pub=Boston+Globe&desc=IN+TIGHT+RACE%2C+HEALTH+ISSUES+DOG+DELAWARE%27S+ROTH&pqatl=google
  3. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=PI&s_site=philly&p_multi=PI&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB7368E419B47F9&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  4. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2000/2000Stat.htm