Delaware held onto its all-Democratic Congressional Delegation as the incumbents kept their U.S. Senate and U.S. Representative seats.
With 100 percent of the state’s districts reporting, Sen. Chris Coons beat Republican challenger Kevin Wade earning roughly 56 percent of the vote to Wade’s 42 percent. This will be Coons’ first full 6-year term in the Senate. He won a 2010 special election to fill Vice President Joe Biden’s vacated seat.
“[Delawareans] want me to work across the aisle, they want me to try to find a path forward through the partisanship, and they want me to keep making efforts to try and grow the middle class and make sure we’ve got great jobs for our kids for the future,” said Coons not long after delivering his victory speech.
Congressman John Carney sailed to victory with 59 percent of the vote over Republican Rose Izzo.
“I feel like there was broad support across the state for the message that I brought to people — the idea of going to Washington to address the problems facing the country, focusing on getting things done, Democrats and Republicans working together. Obviously with some of the changes coming to Congress we’re gonna have to have more of that,” said Carney, referencing Republican control of both the Senate and the House now.
Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn was elected as the state’s new attorney general. He defeated Republican candidate and political newcomer Ted Kittila by almost 14 percentage points. Denn leaves his current post with two years remaining in the term; the office will remain vacant.
“I look forward to working with our new Attorney General Matt Denn, who has been an outstanding Lieutenant Governor and a devoted public servant, and who has proven he can get things done to improve people’s lives,” said Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del.
In April, AG Beau Biden announced he was not going to run for reelection this year because he is planning a gubernatorial run in 2016.
Republican Ken Simpler took the state treasurer’s race over Democrat Sean Barney with more than 50 percent of the vote. Simpler’s win brings the total number of Republicans who hold statewide office to two. Incumbent GOP State Auditor Tom Wagner held onto his seat defeating Democratic challenger Brenda Mayrack. He has held that post for 25 years.
“I applaud all of the candidates who worked hard during the 2014 campaign to offer their vision for our state’s future. It’s never easy to put one’s name on the ballot and be subject to everything that comes with seeking a public office, and everyone who does so plays an important role in our political process,” said Markell.