US Sen. Chris Kons, D-Del. And Gov. John Carney won their Democratic primary battle in the First State with ease on Tuesday.
Carney won over David Lamar Williams Jr. and Kons advanced to the November general election by defeating progressive activist and political newcomer Jessica Skaren.
Carney has said that she wants to continue working on racial justice issues. He also said he wants to strengthen public schools, improve Delaware’s infrastructure and clean the state’s waterways. Carney was elected governor in 2016 after serving three terms in the US House. He served two terms as lieutenant governor from 2001 to 2009 but lost to Jack Merkel in the 2008 Democratic Jubatorial Primary.
Kons has served in the Senate since winning a special election in 2010 to fill the seat vacated by Joe Biden in his election as Vice President in 2008. Kons was reelected in 2014 for a full six-year term. He has developed a reputation for trying to work in a bipartisan manner, despite generally voting with fellow Democrats. Skeen criticized Const, being eager to compromise with Republicans.
Six candidates are competing in the midst of Republican gubernatorial primary GOP dissatisfaction with how Carney has handled the state’s coronavirus response. Attorney and political newcomer Julienne Murray, who has filed a lawsuit against Carney in federal court over his coronovirus restrictions, is a GOP endorsed candidate.
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Attorney James DeMartino and conservative activist Lauren Witz are dying for the GOP Senate nomination. Witzke has denied allegations by some opponents that he supports QAnon, a correct conspiracy theory popular with some supporters of Republican President Donald Trump.
In the Republican primaries for the US House, actor and retired Amtrak conductor Lee Murphy, who lost two years earlier against Housecom primary newcomer Matthew Morris. The winner faced Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester in November.
At the state level, voters had a unique opportunity to upset the political situation and change the trajectory of the Democratic Party in a solid-blue state. Democratic Incumbents were challenged in seven General Assembly races this year, more than double in the 2018 primary.
Many of this year’s challengers were inspired by the growing progressive movement within the Democratic Party nationally and took on dissidents serving for decades in the legislature.
Officials had estimated that half of the votes cast on Tuesday would be from the mail due to coronaviruses. In June, state lawmakers approved a bill authorizing universal voting by mail-in primary, general and special elections.
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As of Friday, about 57,000 Democrats, or about 16.3% of Democrats registered in Delaware, had returned vote-by-mail or absentee ballots, compared to about 11,500 Republicans, representing only 5.7% of registered voters. .
For comparison, the total turnout in the 2018 primary was 25.4% for Democrats and 19.7% for Republicans. In the 2016 primary, it was 20% and 16% respectively.
Meanwhile, the state Republican Party has filed a Chancery Court lawsuit asking a judge to declare the new vote-by-mail law unconstitutional and issue an injunction prohibiting universal voting by mail in the November general election is. The state’s response is scheduled for Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.