The Green Papers: Delaware 2008 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 9 September 2008
General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
Governor:1 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2002-2010 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
2000 Census:785,068 (0.28% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):582,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):505,360
Capital:Dover
Tuesday 9 September 2008 polling hours 7:00a EDT (1100 UTC) to 8:00p EDT (0000 UTC).
Tuesday 4 November 2008 polling hours 7:00a EST (1200 UTC) to 8:00p EST (0100 UTC).
 

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Delaware State and Local Government

Delaware 2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


2 January 2009: State of Delaware - General Election - (Official Results) - Last Updated: 12/15/08 04:24 PM


21 September 2008: Synchronized to Commissioner of Elections for the State of Delaware - General Election Ballot Qualified Candidates.


Tuesday 9 September 2008 PRIMARIES

DELAWARE PRIMARY Returns from an official source
DELAWARE PRIMARY results from a media source
DELAWARE PRIMARY results from a media source


NOTE re: elections for the GENERAL ASSEMBLY

DELAWARE elects approximately half its State Senate every two years, Senators so elected serving four-year terms (except in General Elections held in the calendar year of a Federal Decennial Census, when Senators elected that year are elected for two-year terms so that all 21 State Senators can be elected two years later [to better accommodate redistricting as a result of the latest Census], approximately half of whom elected in such an "all-up" election will be elected to two-year terms).

In 2008, State Senators in the following 10 Senatorial Districts: 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 21 will up for election; the State Senators representing the remaining 11 Senatorial Districts were elected to four-year terms in 2006 and, therefore, these seats will be up for election to a 2-year term in 2010 (that being the year of a Federal Decennial Census).

The entire House of Representatives is elected for two-year terms and, thus, State Representatives in all 41 Representative Districts will be up for election in 2008.

The state legislators who will meet over the two years from 2009 through 2010 will make up the 145th DELAWARE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

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President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 3 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2008
  Elected Democratic 255,459 61.94% Senator Barack Hussein Obama
(3 Electoral Votes)
Vice President: Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

FEC P80003338: $778,642,047
  Candidate Republican 152,374 36.95% Senator John Sidney McCain, III
Vice President: Governor Sarah H. Palin

FEC P80002801: $399,826,076
  Candidate Independent Party Of Delaware 2,401 0.58% Ralph Nader
Vice President: Matt Gonzalez

FEC P20000527: $4,520,160
  Candidate Libertarian 1,109 0.27% former Congressman Bob Barr
Vice President: Wayne A. Root

FEC P80005580: $1,405,899
  Candidate Constitution 626 0.15% Charles Obadiah "Chuck" Baldwin
Vice President: Darrell L. Castle

FEC P80005499: $262,010
  Candidate Green 385 0.09% former Congressman Cynthia A. McKinney
Vice President: Rosa A. Clemente

FEC P80004930: $240,360
  Candidate Socialist Workers Party 58 0.01% Róger Calero
Vice President: Alyson Kennedy

FEC P80005481: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in     Frank Moore
Vice President: Susan Block
Total 412,412 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Thomas R. "Tom" Carper
First elected: 2000; re-elected 2006
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990;
elected Governor: 1992; re-elected: 1996]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Class 2
Seat up for election
Democratic Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1972; re-elected: 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 9 September 2008 Primary
23 August 2008: Nominated for Vice President by Senator Barack Hussein Obama of Illinois. Elected to the Vice Presidency 4 November 2008.
 Polls: Democratic Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.
  Elected Democratic 257,539 64.69% Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.
FEC S8DE00012: $1,453,307
  Candidate Republican 140,595 35.31% Christine T. O'Donnell
Received her party's nomination at the 3 May 2008 State Convention

FEC S6DE00131: $116,471
Total 398,134 100.00%  
  

24 November 2008: Governor Ruth Ann Minner (D-Delaware) has announced that she will appoint Ted Kaufman, a long-time aide to Senator (now Vice President-elect) Joseph Biden, to the seat Biden will have to vacate prior to Noon Eastern Time next 20 January, when he is scheduled to be sworn in as the Nation's new Vice-President. Senator Biden won re-election to his seat (as well as the Vice-Presidency) in the 4 November Elections; Kaufman would be appointed to serve until a successor is chosen by the People of the State of Delaware in a Special Election in November 2010.


Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime, All Governors

Chair up for election
Open
Democratic Governor Ruth Ann Minner
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004.
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
 Polls: Democratic Treasurer Jack A. Markell
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 266,861 67.52% Treasurer Jack A. Markell
  Candidate Republican 126,662 32.05% William Swain "Bill" Lee
Received his party's nomination at the 3 May 2008 State Convention.
  Candidate Blue Enigma Party 1,681 0.43% Jeffrey Brown
Total 395,204 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Elected separately from Governor

Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Lieutenant Governor John C. Carney, Jr.
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Ran for but lost his party's nomination for Governor in 2008
 Polls: Democratic Insurance Commissioner Matthew P. "Matt" Denn
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 236,744 61.32% Insurance Commissioner Matthew P. "Matt" Denn
  Candidate Republican 149,223 38.65% Charles L. "Charlie" Copeland
  Candidate Blue Enigma Party 92 0.02% Peter Cullen
Total 386,059 100.00%  

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Republican (1 Renominated)

At-Large
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Michael N. "Mike" Castle
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1992; [also served as Governor- elected: 1984; re-elected: 1988]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 9 September 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Michael N. "Mike" Castle
  Elected Republican 235,437 61.08% Congressman Michael N. "Mike" Castle
FEC H2DE00072: $1,480,591
  Candidate Democratic 146,434 37.99% Karen M. Hartley-Nagle
FEC H6DE00180: $27,845
  Candidate Libertarian; (Boston Tea) 3,586 0.93% Mark Anthony Parks
FEC H8DE00087: Financial report not available
Total 385,457 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Democratic Attorney General Joseph R. "Beau" Biden, III
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
On 17 August 2007 it was announce that Delaware Attorney General Biden, who is a captain in the Delaware National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq on 3 October 2008.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Democratic Treasurer Jack A. Markell
First elected: 1998; re-elected: 2002, 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
Open Seat - Ran for and won the contest for Governor in 2008

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Auditor R. Thomas "Tom" Wagner, Jr.
Appointed: 1989 (by Governor Michael N. Castle); first elected: 1990; re-elected: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Insurance Commissioner Matthew P. "Matt" Denn
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2008
 Polls: Democratic / Working Families Karen Weldin Stewart
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic; Working Families 219,097 57.48% Karen Weldin Stewart
  Candidate Republican 156,439 41.04% John F. Brady
  Candidate Independent Party Of Delaware; (Democratic) 5,632 1.48% Thomas "Tom" Savage
Lost 9 September 2008 Democratic Primary
Total 381,168 100.00%  

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 7 incumbents, 7 candidates
  Republican: 2 incumbents, 6 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 2 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Blue Enigma Party: 2 candidates
  Boston Tea: 1 candidate
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Independent Party Of Delaware: 2 candidates
  Socialist Workers Party: 1 candidate
  Working Families: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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