The 2018 Delaware primary results show what’s happened in the nation’s first state, from an interesting US Senate primary to races for several open state offices. Who were Delaware’s winners?
Senator Tom Carper (D) seeks re-election, but first, he must get through his under-the-radar Democratic primary fight. Otherwise, Republicans battle to take on the Democrats in the US House race, while the open State Auditor and Attorney General races are getting attention from both sides.
2018 Delaware Primary Results: US Senate
2018 Delaware Primary Results: US Senate Democratic Primary
Over the past few days, the Delaware Senate Race has attracted attention as the potential “next upset.” At stake was the political career of Senator Tom Carper (D).
Carper, previously governor of Delaware from 1993 to 2001, famously defeated 30-year incumbent Bill Roth (R) in the 2000 Senate race. Since then, he’s faced little opposition, but his run for a fourth term proved somewhat challenging in the run-up to the election.
As for the night of the vote count, however, it wasn’t. Carper beat Kerri Evelyn Harris with 64.6 percent of the vote to her 35.4, setting him up for a very doable re-election campaign.
Kerri Evelyn Harris ran on an openly progressive platform against Carper, championing ideas such as Medicare for all, environmentalism, and gun control. For Delaware Democratic voters on Thursday, however, the known quantity in Carper was their man. He carried all three counties in the state, winning my more the further south one looked. New Castle County, the state’s most populous, gave him his smallest margin at 63.2 percent, while middle Kent County delivered 64.2 percent. Finally, Sussex County in the south handed Carper just shy of 70 percent.
2018 Delaware Primary Results: US Senate Republican Primary
Tom Carper will face Rob Arlett (R) in the November election. Arlett is a Sussex County councillor who likewise won his primary in a landslide. His final margin was a little bigger than that of Carper with 66.8 percent of the vote going to Arlett. Gene Truono, a businessman, came in second with 28 percent. Finally, Rocky de la Fuente, who has yet to find a state willing to elect him a senator, rounded up single digits.
2018 Delaware Primary Results: Statewide Offices
Delaware will elect a new attorney general in November, and this election will feature Kathy Jennings (D) against Bernard Pepukayi (R). Jennings has had a number of public service roles, including Chief Administrative Officer of New Castle County and former Chief Deputy Attorney General. As for Pepukayi, a new Republican, he is an attorney who faced no primary opposition.
The incumbent state attorney general, Matt Denn (D), has only been in office for one term. For six years between 2009 and 2015, he was Delaware’s lieutenant governor.
Meanwhile, the new state auditor will either be James Spadola (R) or Kathy McGuiness (D).
Tom Wagner, the current state auditor, is one of only two Republicans elected statewide in Delaware. He’s also very long-serving: he took office in 1989 and has been re-elected every four years since 1990. It has been over 30 years since he lost an election, so Wagner is going out a winner. In total, he served under six Delaware governors, two Republicans and four Democrats.
James Spadola was uncontested for the Republican nomination. He is vice chairman of the Wilmington Housing Authority and a former police officer in Newark.
McGuiness is a city commissioner in Rehoboth Beach.
Finally, Delaware’s state treasurer, Ken Sampler (R), is seeking re-election. His opponents in the general election will be Colleen Davis (D) and Dave Chandler (Green).
2018 Delaware Primary Results: US House
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) is running for re-election in Delaware’s statewide US House seat. Her opponent has a familiar name, but no, it’s not THAT Scott Walker (R). This Walker is a businessman and was a Democratic candidate for this office in 2016, but switched parties to run as a Republican.
He narrowly won the primary over Lee Murphy, an actor who appeared in Netflix’s “House of Cards” as the Secretary of Defense.