United States Senate election in Delaware, 2018

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United States Senate election in Delaware, 2018

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  Tom Carper, official portrait, 112th Congress (cropped).jpg
Nominee Tom Carper Rob Arlett
Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Tom Carper
Democratic



The 2018 United States Senate election in Delaware will take place on November 6, 2018, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Delaware, concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate, elections to the United States House of Representatives, and various state and local elections.

The primary for this U.S. Senate election was held on Thursday, September 6, 2018.[1] The Democratic Party nominated incumbent U.S. Senator Tom Carper and the Republican Party nominated Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Tom Carper is running for re-election to a fourth term.

Background[edit]

Incumbent Tom Carper and Kerri Evelyn Harris before the Democratic debate.

Three-term Democratic Senator Tom Carper was reelected with 66% of the vote in 2012 against Republican Kevin Wade.

Carper, incumbent U.S. Senator, was challenged in the Democratic primary by Dover activist, Kerri Evelyn Harris. Carper previously had a primary challenge in the 2012 election from businessman Keith Spanarelli. However, Carper defeated Spanarelli by around 70 points. Carper went on in the 2018 Democratic primary to defeat Harris by around 30 points. It was the most competitve Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Delaware in two decades.

The main declared candidates in the Republican primary were Sussex County councilman Rob Arlett and businessman Gene Truono, with a perennial candidacy from businessman Rocky De La Fuente, who also ran in seven other states.[2] Another candidate withdrew before the primary. Rob Arlett defeated Gene Truono in a landslide.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Tykiem Booker, activist[5]

Endorsements[edit]

Tom Carper
U.S. Vice President
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
State executive branch officials
  • Rita Landgraf, former Secretary of Delaware Health and Social Services
State legislators
Individuals
Organizations
Kerri Evelyn Harris
State legislators
County Councilpersons
City Councilpersons
Political candidates
Individuals
Organizations
Media

Debates[edit]

Delaware newspaper The News Journal hosted a 90-minute debate on August 27, 2018 for the Democratic primary between Tom Carper and Kerri Evelyn Harris at Cab Calloway School of the Arts.[29][53] Republican candidate businessman Gene Truono answered questions from panelists before Carper and Harris debated. Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett was also invited, but declined and claimed he had a scheduling conflict.

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tom
Carper
Kerri Evelyn
Harris
Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 24–29, 2018 354 ± 5.2% 51% 19% 30%

Results[edit]

Results by county:
  Carper—60–70%
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Carper (incumbent) 53,633 64.6%
Democratic Kerri Evelyn Harris 29,406 35.4%
Total votes 83,039 100%

Turnout[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Chuck Boyce, businessman[57][58] (endorsed Rob Arlett)

Declined[edit]

  • Ken Simpler, State Treasurer (running for re-election)[59]
  • Kevin Wade, businessman and candidate for Senate in 2012 and 2014

Endorsements[edit]

Rob Arlett
Former 2018 U.S. Senate election, Delaware candidates
  • Chuck Boyce, businessman
Political candidates
Individuals
Gene Truono
State legislators
Republican Party officials
Political candidates
  • Lee Murphy, actor and Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Delaware
Individuals
  • Mitch Denham, Delaware Gun Rights
  • John Foltz, 11th District Chairman
  • David Gilefski, Western NCC Region Chairman
  • Shawn Michael Greener, radio host[68]
  • Dick Heller (District of Columbia v. Heller)
  • Mark Keith Robinson, NRA affiliate
  • Maj Toure, Black Guns Matter
Organizations

Debates[edit]

Councilman Rob Arlett and businessman Gene Truono had four debates in total. They were normally live streamed on Facebook and uploaded to YouTube. A fifth debate was planned, but Arlett cancelled the debate because he could not agree with Truono are certain questions about issues.

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Rob
Arlett
Rocky
De La Fuente
Gene
Truono
Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 24–29, 2018 288 ± 5.8% 19% 7% 15% 60%

Results[edit]

Results by county:
  Arlett—70–80%
  Arlett—60–70%
  Arlett—50–60%
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Arlett 25,284 66.8%
Republican Gene Truono 10,587 28.0%
Republican Rocky De La Fuente 1,998 5.3%
Total votes 37,869 100%

Turnout[edit]

Green primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

  • Demitri Theodoropoulos, small business owner[70]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Demitri Theodoropoulos
Individuals
Organizations

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Independents[edit]

Not to be confused with the Independent Party of Delaware, which currently has no candidate for the 2018 United States Senate election.

Candidates[edit]

  • Matthew Water Stout, write-in presidential candidate in 2016 (write-in)[73][74]
  • Barry Eveland (write-in)[73]
  • Todd Farina (write-in)

General election[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Tom Carper
U.S. Vice President
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Governors
Other state executive branch officials
  • Rita Landgraf, former Secretary of Delaware Health and Social Services
State legislators
Political candidates
Individuals
Organizations
Rob Arlett
Former 2018 U.S. Senate election, Delaware candidates
  • Chuck Boyce, businessman
Political candidates
Individuals
Demitri Theodoropoulos
Individuals
Organizations
Media
  • The Politics of Courage[78]

Debates[edit]

with Kerri Evelyn Harris and Gene Truono

On August 20, 2018, the Greater Hockessin Area Development Association (GHADA) hosted a 2-hour debate at the Hockessin Memorial Hall between Democratic candidate Kerri Evelyn Harris and Republican candidate Gene Truono. Tom Carper and Rob Arlett were also invited to the debate, but did not attend. Carper was not present because of the U.S. Senate's extended session due to session ceasing early the Thursday prior because of the death of former Governor and U.S. Senator of Nevada, Paul Laxalt.[79] Arlett declined and claimed he had a scheduling conflict.[80]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[81] Solid D November 14, 2017
Inside Elections[82] Solid D November 14, 2017
Sabato's Crystal Ball[83] Safe D November 15, 2017
Daily Kos[84] Safe D April 9, 2018
Fox News[85] Likely D^ July 9, 2018
CNN[86] Solid D July 12, 2018
RealClearPolitics[87] Safe D June 2018

^Highest rating given

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tom
Carper (D)
Rob
Arlett (R)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 24–29, 2018 884 ± 3.3% 47% 39% 14%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Delaware, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Carper (incumbent)
Republican Rob Arlett
Green Demitri Theodoropoulos
Libertarian Nadine Frost
Total votes

See also[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites