2000 United States Senate election in Delaware

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United States Senate election in Delaware, 2000

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  Thomas Carper.jpg Sen. William V. Roth (R-DE).jpg
Nominee Tom 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.svg
County results

U.S. Senator before election

William 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. Representative

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 Thomas Carper could not run again. Both he and U.S. Representative Michael Castle wanted to be U.S. Senator. Roth would not retire, and fellow Republican Castle decided against a primary.

Roth, 79, was in the U.S. Senate for 30 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 Roth's defeat to be due to his age and health, as he collapsed twice during the campaign, once in the middle of a television interview and once during a campaign event.[3][4][5][6]

Debates[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas Carper 181,566 55.53% +13.04%
Republican William Roth (Incumbent) 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  2. ^ https://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://www.sussexcountyonline.com/campaign2000/results/ussenate.html
  5. ^ http://cache.boston.com/news/politics/campaign2000/news/In_tight_race_health_issues_dog_Delaware_s_Roth+.shtml
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2000/2000Stat.htm