Michele Rollins conceeds defeat

    Michele Rollins was beaten by Glen Urquhart by just over 550 votes. It was every bit as big an upset in Delaware as the one in the senate.

    There was one other huge upset in Tuesday’s Delaware primary.  That was in the race for the open Congressional seat….the one held by Mike Castle.

    In that race Michele Rollins was beaten by Glen Urquhart by just over 550 votes.  It was every bit as big an upset in Delaware as the one in the senate.  Rollins had the name recognition as a businesswoman and her late husband.  Urquhart was able to paint Rollins as being more connected to the power brokers while his message was connected to the Tea Party.

    After the final votes were counted last night Rollins said she was going to decide over night what her next step would be.  She sent her supporters an email late Wednesday:

    “Dear Subscriber

    The last six months have been terrific. I have enjoyed every minute.

    Walking in the parades, eating peaches at the festival, listening to your stories, worrying about concerns for your children and grandchildren have been a true inspiration. Your untold hours of volunteering have been gratifying.

    There are no words to adequately thank you but I will always cherish our continued friendship.

    The essence of our Democratic system rests with the right of individual voters in the privacy of the voting booth to select their leaders.

    Yesterday, the Republican Primary voters decided. I respect and honor that decision.

    I will continue my commitment to create jobs and support the community in the private sector. It was a great experience.”

    Urquhart now faces former Lieutenant Governor John Carney in November.   Hear from the candidates on our Delaware election page.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.