United States Senate election in Delaware, 2014

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United States Senate election in Delaware, 2014
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  Chris Coons, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Kevin wade us senate.JPG
Nominee Chris Coons Kevin Wade
Party Democratic Republican

U.S. Senator before election

Chris Coons

Elected U.S. Senator


The 2014 United States Senate election in Delaware will be held on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Delaware, concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Chris Coons is running for re-election to a first full term in office. He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination and will face Republican businessman Kevin Wade, who won his primary on September 9th. The the majority of professional predictors rate the election "safe Democratic".


Democratic Senator Joe Biden was re-elected to a seventh term in 2008, defeating Republican political commentator Christine O'Donnell by 65% to 35%. At the same time, he was elected Vice President of the United States and resigned his Senate seat to be sworn-in as Vice President in January 2009. Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner appointed Biden's longtime aide Ted Kaufman to the seat until a special election was held in November 2010. In the election, Christine O'Donnell ran again and upset U.S. Representative and former Governor Mike Castle in the Republican primary to face Democrat Chris Coons, who had run unopposed for his party's nomination. In the general election, Coons defeated O'Donnell by 57% to 40% and was sworn-in later that month.

Democratic primary[edit]




Republican primary[edit]



  • Carl Smink, retired engineer and businessman[3]
  • Kevin Wade, businessman and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2012[4][5]


Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Wade 18,181 75.7%
Republican Carl Smink 5,848 24.3%
Totals 24,029 100%

Other candidates[edit]

Green Party[edit]


General election[edit]


Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand
Chris Coons (D) $7,684,608 $4,831,183 $2,853,426


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Coons (D)
Wade (R)
Other Undecided
Rasmussen Reports September 10–12, 2014 750 ± 4% 49% 34% 4% 12%
CBS News/New York Times August 18–September 2, 2014 697 ± 5% 48% 35% 1% 16%
CBS News/New York Times July 5–24, 2014 840 ± 3.5% 60% 15% 25%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Charles Mahtesian (November 27, 2012). "Coons: Not taking any chances in 2014". Politico. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Beau Biden says he plans to run for governor in Delaware". CNN. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  3. ^ Byrne, Tom (July 7, 2014). "Filing deadline for First State’s 2014 election cycle looms". WDDE. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Moseley, Jonathan (June 25, 2014). "Delaware's US Senate Race May Draw A GOP Challenger After All". American Thinker. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ Byrne, Tom (July 8, 2014). "Late filings make two 2014 statewide races more competitive". WDDE. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bob Yearick (14 November 2012). "Former Delaware Congressman Mike Castle: Life Out of Office". Delaware Today. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Amanda Terkel (16 September 2012). "Christine O'Donnell Considers 2014 Senate Rematch". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Doug Denison (22 July 2013). "Republicans wait as O'Donnell weighs another campaign". Delaware Online. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Starkey, Jonathan (May 22, 2014). "Christine O'Donnell backs off Delaware Senate run". Delaware Online. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Mark Eichmann (June 4, 2014). "Christine O'Donnell not running for Senate". News Works. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "State of Delaware Primary Election". Delaware Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ "STATE OF DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTIONS GENERAL ELECTION 11/04/2014 FILED CANDIDATES BY OFFICE". http://elections.delaware.gov/. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 

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