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United States Senate election in Delaware, 2014

United States Senate election in Delaware, 2014

November 4, 2014

 
Nominee Chris Coons Kevin Wade
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 130,655 98,823
Percentage 55.83% 42.23%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Chris Coons
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Chris Coons
Democratic

The 2014 United States Senate election in Delaware was held on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Delaware, concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Chris Coons ran for re-election to a first full term in office. He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination and defeated Republican businessman Kevin Wade in the general election.

Background

Democratic Senator Joe Biden was re-elected to a seventh term in 2008, defeating Republican political commentator Christine O'Donnell by 65% to 35%. At the same time, he was elected Vice President of the United States and resigned his Senate seat to be sworn-in as Vice President in January 2009. Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner appointed Biden's longtime aide Ted Kaufman to the seat until a special election was held in November 2010. In the election, Christine O'Donnell ran again and upset U.S. Representative and former Governor Mike Castle in the Republican primary to face Democrat Chris Coons, who had run unopposed for his party's nomination. In the general election, Coons defeated O'Donnell by 57% to 40% and was sworn-in later that month.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Declined

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

  • Carl Smink, retired engineer and businessman[3]
  • Kevin Wade, businessman and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2012[4][5]

Declined

Primary results

Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Wade 18,181 75.66%
Republican Carl Smink 5,848 24.34%
Totals 24,029 100%

Other candidates

Green Party

Nominee

  • Andrew Groff, computer science professor and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2012[12]

General election

Fundraising

Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand
Chris Coons (D) $7,684,608 $4,831,183 $2,853,426

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Chris
Coons (D)
Kevin
Wade (R)
Other Undecided
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 461 ± 7% 54% 36% 0% 10%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 471 ± 5% 51% 35% 0% 14%
University of Delaware September 10–22, 2014 902 ± 3.9% 50% 25% 6%[13] 21%
Rasmussen Reports September 10–12, 2014 750 ± 4% 49% 34% 4% 12%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 697 ± 5% 48% 35% 1% 16%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 840 ± 3.5% 60% 15% 25%

Results

United States Senate election in Delaware, 2014[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Coons (Incumbent) 130,655 55.83%
Republican Kevin Wade 98,823 42.23%
Green Andrew Groff 4,560 1.95%
Totals 234,038 100%
Democratic hold

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Charles Mahtesian (November 27, 2012). "Coons: Not taking any chances in 2014". Politico. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Beau Biden says he plans to run for governor in Delaware". CNN. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  3. ^ Byrne, Tom (July 7, 2014). "Filing deadline for First State’s 2014 election cycle looms". WDDE. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Moseley, Jonathan (June 25, 2014). "Delaware's US Senate Race May Draw A GOP Challenger After All".  
  5. ^ Byrne, Tom (July 8, 2014). "Late filings make two 2014 statewide races more competitive". WDDE. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bob Yearick (14 November 2012). "Former Delaware Congressman Mike Castle: Life Out of Office". Delaware Today. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Amanda Terkel (16 September 2012). "Christine O'Donnell Considers 2014 Senate Rematch". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Doug Denison (22 July 2013). "Republicans wait as O'Donnell weighs another campaign". Delaware Online. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Starkey, Jonathan (May 22, 2014). "Christine O'Donnell backs off Delaware Senate run". Delaware Online. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Mark Eichmann (June 4, 2014). "Christine O'Donnell not running for Senate". News Works. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "State of Delaware Primary Election (Official Results)". elections.delaware.gov. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ "STATE OF DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTIONS GENERAL ELECTION 11/04/2014 FILED CANDIDATES BY OFFICE". http://elections.delaware.gov/. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ Andrew Groff (G)
  14. ^ "State of Delaware General Election (Official Results)". State of Delaware Election Commissioner. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 

External links

  • U.S. Senate elections in Delaware, 2014 at Ballotpedia
  • Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
  • Chris Coons for U.S. Senate
  • Carl Smink for U.S. Senate
  • Kevin Wade for U.S. Senate
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