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Delaware primary review: less than 25% of offices up in November appeared on primary ballot

Delaware held its statewide primary on September 15, 2020. Candidates competed to advance to the general election scheduled for November 3. In Delaware, unopposed primary candidates automatically advance to the general election. Consequently, only 13 state-level offices were on the primary ballot even though 55 seats are up for election in 2020. There were 15 state-level primaries held.

Candidates ran in elections for the following offices:

• Governor: Incumbent Gov. John C. Carney Jr. defeated challenger David Lamar Williams Jr. in the Democratic primary. Julianne Murray advanced from the Republican primary, defeating five other candidates. They face Kathy DeMatteis (Independent Party) and John Machurek (Libertarian) in the general election.

• Lieutenant governor: Both the Democratic and Republican primaries were canceled. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D) and challenger Donyale Hall (R) automatically advanced to the general election.

• Insurance Commissioner: Incumbent Trinidad Navarro defeated challenger Kayode Abegunde in the Democratic primary. Navarro faces Julia Pillsbury (R), who had no primary opposition and automatically advanced to the general election.

• Delaware State Senate (11 seats): Five primaries were opposed and on the ballot—four Democratic primaries and one Republican primary. Two contested primaries featured incumbents, both Democrats. District 14 incumbent Bruce Ennis defeated two challengers to advance to the general election. District 13 incumbent David McBride lost to challenger Marie Pinkney. The remaining three primaries did not feature incumbents and were in Districts 1, 5, and 14. The District 14 primary was the only Republican state legislative primary on the ballot in Delaware. District 1 is the only open state Senate seat in the 2020 election cycle.

• Delaware House of Representatives (41 seats): Seven primaries were opposed and on the ballot—all Democratic primaries. Five contested primaries featured incumbents, all Democrats. Incumbents in Districts 4 and 10 advanced to the general election. Incumbents in Districts 7 and 27 were defeated. The District 26 race was still too close to call as of September 17, 2020. The remaining two primaries did not feature incumbents and were in Districts 8 and 34. District 8 is the only open state House seat in the 2020 election cycle.

Delaware’s primary was the 49th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next and last primary is on November 3 in Louisiana.



Delaware holds congressional primaries

Delaware held its statewide primary election on September 15. Races for two congressional seats were on the ballot—one for a U.S. Senate seat and one for Delaware’s at-large U.S. House seat. Both incumbents filed for re-election and won their respective primaries, advancing to the general election on November 3.

In the race for Delaware’s Class II Senate seat, incumbent Chris Coons (D) advanced from the Democratic primary over challenger Jessica Scarane with 73% of the vote, according to unofficial results. Republican Lauren Witzke won the Republican primary, beating James DeMartino with 57% of the vote.

Incumbent Lisa Blunt Rochester was unopposed in the Democratic primary for Delaware’s at-large U.S. House seat. The primary was canceled and Rochester advanced automatically to the general election. In the Republican primary, Lee Murphy secured 74% of the vote to advance to the general over Matthew Morris.

Delaware’s primary was the 49th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next and last congressional primary is on November 3 in Louisiana.

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Voters to decide Delaware’s congressional primaries

The statewide primary for Delaware is on September 15, 2020. The filing deadline to run passed on July 14, 2020. Candidates are running in congressional elections for one seat in the U.S. House and one seat in the U.S. Senate.

Primary winners will advance to the general election scheduled for November 3, 2020. Delaware’s primary is the final statewide primary to take place in the 2020 election cycle.

The U.S. Senate has 45 Democrats, 53 Republicans, and two independents who caucus with the Democratic Party. Only 35 out of 100 Senate seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 51 seats. Meanwhile, the U.S. House has 232 Democrats, 198 Republicans, one Libertarian, and four vacancies. All 435 seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 218 seats.

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Voters to decide state executive, legislative primaries in Delaware

The statewide primary election for Delaware is on September 15. This is the last statewide primary before the November general election.

A total of 55 seats are up for election, including three state executive seats and 52 state legislative seats. Candidates are running in elections for the following offices:
Governor
Lieutenant Governor
Insurance Commissioner
State Senate (11 out of 21 seats)

State House (all 41 seats)

Delaware has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

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Filing deadline passes for state executive and legislative candidates in Delaware

On July 14, 2020, the candidate filing period ended to run for state executive and legislative offices in Delaware. Candidates filed for the following state executive offices:
• Governor
• Lieutenant Governor

• Insurance Commissioner

All three incumbents—Governor John Carney (D), Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long (D), and Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro (D)—filed for re-election.

Candidates also filed for the following state legislative offices:
• Delaware State Senate (11 of 21 seats)

• Delaware House of Representatives (all 41 seats)

The primary is scheduled for September 15, 2020, and the general election will be held on November 3, 2020.

The next and final statewide filing deadline in the 2020 election cycle is on July 24 in Louisiana.

Delaware has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

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Filing period for congressional candidates ends in Delaware

On July 14, the major-party congressional filing deadline passed to run for elected office in Delaware. Candidates filed for the state’s Class II U.S. Senate seat and at-large U.S. House seat.

The Class II Senate seat is currently held by Chris Coons (D), who filed to run for re-election. The state’s at-large seat in the U.S. House is currently held by Lisa Blunt Rochester (D), who also filed to run for re-election.

The primary is scheduled for September 15, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Delaware’s statewide filing deadline was the 49th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on July 24 in Louisiana.

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Candidate filing for state executive and legislative offices to end in Delaware

The filing deadline to run for state executive and legislative offices will pass in Delaware on July 14. The primary is scheduled for September 15, 2020, and the general election will be held on November 3, 2020.

In Delaware, prospective candidates may file for the following state offices:
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • State Senate (11 seats)
  • State House (41 seats)

The next and last statewide filing deadline in the 2020 election cycle is on July 24 in Louisiana.

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Candidate filing period for congressional races to end in Delaware

The statewide filing deadline to run for elected office in Delaware is on July 14, 2020. Prospective candidates may file for the following congressional offices:

  • U.S. Senate: The Class II Senate seat held by Chris Coons (D) is up for election.
  • U.S. House: Delaware’s one at-large congressional district seat is also up for election. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) is the incumbent.

The primary is scheduled for September 15, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Delaware’s statewide filing deadline is the 49th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The final statewide filing deadline is in Louisiana on July 24.

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Delaware Governor will end travel restrictions June 1

On May 26, Gov. John Carney (D) announced that restrictions on travelers entering Delaware will expire on June 1, the same day the state is scheduled to begin the first phase of its reopening plan. Carney issued the restrictions, which require travelers who enter the state to self-quarantine for 14 days, on March 29 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions didn’t apply to people traveling through the state.

Carney also announced that both the ban on short-term rental units and the statewide stay-at-home order will expire June 1. Additionally, outdoor events with of up to 250 people will be permitted in special circumstances, so long as organizers submit a plan to the Delaware Division of Small Business at least seven days in advance.

Ballotpedia is tracking restrictions placed on out-of-state travelers by governors and state agencies.



Delaware postpones presidential preference primary a second time

On May 7, Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) announced a further postponement of the state’s presidential primary, this time to July 7. The presidential primary, which was originally scheduled to take place on April 28, was first postponed to June 2. Carney also announced that the state would mail absentee ballot applications automatically to all eligible voters in the primary.

Delaware is one of 20 states that have postponed state-level elections in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is also one of 26 states that have made modifications to their absentee/mail-in voting procedures in light of the outbreak.


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