Delaware 9/6 Primary: At a Glance


Although Delaware doesn’t have a governor’s race, there are several competitive and very consequential races this year. Here’s the 411 on Delaware’s primary.

Delaware has its statewide primary election on Thursday, September 6. If you’re a voter in Delaware, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!

Delaware Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration:
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Absentee voting info here

Delaware Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
• 1 House Representative is up for re-election
• Voted +12 for Clinton in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (D)
>>> State Senate 11 (D) – 10 (R)
>>> State House 25 (D) – 16 (R)

Key Races

The incumbent, Tom Carper (D), is seeking re-election. He is facing a primary opponent, Kerri Evelyn Harris. Their campaign websites are:

Tom Carper – website
Kerri Evelyn Harris – website

Cook Political Report has Delaware’s At-Large district race rated at D+6, making it somewhat competitive. Incumbent Lisa Rochester (D), is running unopposed in the primary and will face the winner of the Republican primary. Her campaign website can be found here.

The sitting Attorney General, Matthew Denn (D), is not running for re-election. There are four Democrats running for this open seat.

Kathy Jennings – website
Chris Johnson – website
Tim Mullaney – Facebook page
LaKresha Roberts – website

10 of the 21 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Democrats currently have a razor-thin 1 seat majority; if the Republicans win one seat, they’ll take control of the Senate. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 41 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. The Republicans had control of the House for a long time prior to 2008 when the Democrats took the House; they would need to flip 15 seats to retake the House. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Delaware Elections 2018You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Delaware Democrats.

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