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2010 Delaware elections

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Elections were held in Delaware on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Primary elections were held on September 14, 2010.



The 2010 election for the United States Senate was an open seat special election to finish the term ending in January 2015. Joe Biden, the 36-year Senator from the seat, was reelected to his Senate seat in 2008 and was simultaneously elected Vice President of the United States. He resigned on January 16, 2009 in order to take his seat as Vice President (he was sworn in five days later, on January 20, Inauguration Day). Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner announced her intention to appoint Biden's longtime aide and chief of staff Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman on November 24, 2008, and made the appointment the same day Biden resigned. Kaufman was sworn in as a Senator the next day. He made clear that he would not be a candidate for election in 2010.

Biden's son Beau Biden, the state Attorney General, considered entering the race but decided not to. Democrat Chris Coons, the county executive of New Castle County, entered the race instead and won the Democratic nomination unopposed. In a widely publicized Republican primary, Michael Castle, the former governor and nine-term U.S. Representative for Delaware's sole congressional seat who was initially heavily favored to win the primary and then the general election, was defeated in an upset by Tea Party movement-aligned marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell. Coons went on to defeat O'Donnell, as well as minor-party candidates Glenn A. Miller (Independent Party of Delaware) and James W. Rash (Libertarian), by a wide margin.

2010 election, U.S. Senator for Delaware
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Chris Coons 174,012 56.6
Republican Christine O'Donnell 123,053 40
Independent Party of Delaware Glenn A. Miller 8,201 2.7
Libertarian James W. Rash 2,101 0.7

House of Representatives

John Carney was elected to Delaware's sole seat in the House of Representatives, replacing Republican Mike Castle, who vacated his seat to unsuccessfully run for the Senate. This was one of just three House seats to be picked up by the Democrats; the others were Cedric Richmond in Louisiana's 2nd congressional district and Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii's 1st congressional district.

2010 election, Delaware's at-large congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Carney 173,543 56.8
Republican Glen Urquhart 125,442 41
Independent Party of Delaware Earl R. Lofland 3,704 1.2
Libertarian Brent A. Wangen 1,986 0.6
Blue Enigma Jeffrey Brown 961 0.4


Constitutional officers

Attorney General

Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III, son of Vice President Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr., cruised to reelection as Delaware Attorney General with no major-party opposition and a commanding 58-point margin of victory. Beau Biden had considered running in the special Senate election held simultaneously with the general election to serve the balance of his father's unexpired Senate term. (His father resigned to become vice president). However, Beau chose to run for reelection as attorney general instead.

2010 election, Delaware Attorney General
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Beau Biden 203,931 78.9
Independent Party of Delaware Doug Camp 54,503 21.1


In this race, Democrat Chipman "Chip" Flowers Jr., a 35-year-old attorney from Middletown, narrowly edging out Republican Colin R. J. Bonini of Magnolia, a 45-year-old state Senator representing District 16. Flowers will replace Velda Jones-Potter, the incumbent Treasurer appointed by Governor Jack Markell to finish out his term as treasurer when he was elected to the governorship in the 2008 election. Jones-Potter ran for the Democratic nomination, but was defeated by Flowers in the primary. Flowers will become Delaware's first African American elected to statewide office. Bonini remains a state Senator until 2010.[1]

2010 election, Delaware State Treasurer
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Chip Flowers, Jr. 153,203 51
Republican Colin R. J. Bonini 147,031 49

Auditor of Accounts

In this race, longtime State Auditor R. Thomas "Tom" Wagner Jr. of Dover, the Republican nominee and 21-year incumbent, won a sixth term in office by just 2,563 votes (0.8 percent) over Democratic nominee Richard Korn of Wilmington, the president and CEO of Franklin Strategies, a political consulting firm. This was the closest statewide race in Delaware in the 2010 general elections.

2010 election, Delaware Auditor of Accounts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican R. Thomas Wagner Jr. 150,156 50.4
Democratic Richard Korn 147,593 49.6

General Assembly


Half of the seats of the Delaware Senate are up for election in 2010.

In District 1, longtime incumbent Senator Harris B. McDowell III of North Wilmington, son of former Congressman Harris B. McDowell, Jr., won unopposed. McDowell, first elected in 1976, is the longest-serving senator.

2010 election, Delaware Senate - District 1
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harris B. McDowell III 11,862 100

In District 5, incumbent Senator Catherine (Cathy) Cloutier of Heatherbrooke, a Republican who also had the Working Families ballot line, won reelection to the Brandywine Hundred Senate seat she has held since 2000, defeating Democratic nominee Christopher (Chris) Counihan, a first-time candidate and university professor.[2]

2010 election, Delaware Senate - District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Catherine Cloutier 7,649 53.8
Democratic Christopher Counihan 6,411 45.1
Working Families Catherine Cloutier 165 1.1

In District 7, incumbent Democrat Patricia M. Blevins, who has served in the Senate since 1990, defeated Republican businessman Fredrick R. Cullis, 61-39 percent.

2010 election, Delaware Senate - District 7
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Patricia M. Blevins 7,877 61
Republican Fredrick R. Cullis 5,044 39

In District 8, Democrat David P. (Dave) Sokola, who had been in the Senate since 1990, defeated Republican first-time candidate A. Louis Saindon, 60.6-39.4 percent.[3]

2010 election, Delaware Senate - District 8
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic David P. Sokola 8,572 60.6
Republican A. Louis Saindon 5,583 39.4

In District 14, incumbent Democratic Senator Bruce C. Ennis of Smyrna, a legislator since 1982, first in the House and since 2006 in the Senate, easily defeated Republican challenger John A. Moritz.

2010 election, Delaware Senate - District 14
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bruce C. Ennis 12,238 65.6
Republican John A. Moritz 6,427 34.4.

In District 15, longtime Democratic Senator Nancy W. Cook, 74, first elected in 1974 after the death of her husband Allen J. Cook, who had held the seat for 16 years, lost to Republican first-time candidate David G. Lawson of Marydel, 63, a former state trooper and gun-shop owner. Cook was the only General Assembly incumbent running for reelection to be defeated and the only Democrat-to-Republican flip (Democrats picked up two state House seats).[4] The race was especially significant because Cook was the longtime co-chair of the budget-drafting Joint Finance Committee.[5][6][7] District 15 covers a sprawling area including almost all of western Kent County, from Smyrna to the outskirts of Harrington.

2010 election, Delaware Senate - District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican David G. Lawson 8,370 52.3
Democratic Nancy W. Cook 7,623 47.7

District 19 was uncontested in the general election. Incumbent Republican Joseph W. (Joe) Booth of Georgetown won his first full term in office. Booth, a dry cleaning-store owner and former Georgetown mayor, Indian River school board member, and seven-year state House Representative, won a special election to replace longtime Senator Thurman Adams, a conservative Democrat, who died in office. Booth beat back a Republican primary challenge from Tea Party and 9-12 activist Eric R. Bodenweiser.[8]

2010 election, Delaware Senate - District 19
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joseph W. Booth 10,554 100

District 20 was uncontested. Democrat George H. Bunting Jr. of Bethany Beach won another term.

House of Representatives

All of the seats in the Delaware House of Representatives are up for election in 2010.



The countywide position of sheriff was up for election in all of Delaware's three counties.

In heavily Democratic New Castle County, Democratic nominee Trinidad Navarro, 40, a senior corporal and chief media spokesman with the New Castle County Police, won with a very wide margin, defeating Republican William Hart, a commercial construction project manager and Independence Party of Delaware candidate Joseph O'Leary. In the Democratic primaries, Navarro routed 30-year incumbent Sheriff Mike Walsh, 72, with 63.3 percent of the vote. In the Republican primary, Hart defeated O'Leary, 14,377 to 11,105, but O'Leary chose to run as an Independence Party candidate.[9]

2010 election, Sheriff of New Castle County
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Trinidad Navarro 125,133 68.8
Republican William Hart 48,437 26.6
Independent Party of Delaware Joseph O'Leary 8,414 4.6

In Sussex County, Republican Jeffrey Scott Christopher, 46, of Greenwood, a former Sussex County sheriff's chief deputy, won with 53.8 percent of the vote, defeating incumbent Democrat Eric D. Swanson, 56, of Lewes, who had been sheriff since 2007 and prior to that a Delaware State Policeman.[10]

2010 election, Sheriff of Sussex County
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jeffrey S. Christopher 36,900 53.8
Democratic Eric D. Swanson 31,635 46.2

In Kent County, Democrat Norman Wood of Camden, a Smyrna Police Department lieutenant, defeated Republican incumbent Sheriff James A. Higdon Jr. of Dover.[11][12] Higdon pleaded guilty in July 2010 to driving under the influence on May 29, 2010. First elected in 1994, he won reelection three more times, in 1998, 2002, and 2006, and only in 1998 had an opponent.[13][14]

2010 election, Sheriff of Kent County
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Norman Wood 25,136 52
Republican James Higdon Jr. 20,010 41.4
Independent Party of Delaware Christopher Tallman 3,188 6.6


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