Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Delaware State Executive Officials

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December 13, 2012

By Jennifer Springer

Portal:State Executive Officials

Dover, Delaware: Three state executive positions were up for election this year in the state of Delaware. All three incumbents-Gov. Jack Markell, Lt. Gov. Matthew Denn and Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart-ran for re-election, and all won in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Here are the candidates who won election.[2]

Office Incumbent General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Jack Markell
Democratic PartyJack Markell
Republican PartyJeff Cragg
Libertarian PartyJesse McVay
Green PartyMark Joseph Perri
Jack Markell No
Attorney General Matthew Denn
Matthew Denn.JPG
Democratic Party Matthew Denn
Republican Party Sher Valenzuela
Libertarian Party Margie Waite-McKeown
Matthew Denn No
Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart
Karen Stewart.gif
Democratic PartyKaren Weldin Stewart
Republican Party Benjamin Mobley
Libertarian PartyDavid R. Eisenhour
Karen Weldin Stewart No

Official Results

See also: Delaware gubernatorial election, 2012
Governor of Delaware General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJack Markell Incumbent 69.3% 275,993
     Republican Jeff Cragg 28.6% 113,793
     Libertarian Jesse McVay 0.9% 3,668
     Green Mark Joseph Perri 1.1% 4,575
Total Votes 398,029
Election Results via Delaware Board of Elections.
See also: Delaware lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Denn Incumbent 61.6% 238,959
     Republican Sher Valenzuela 37.1% 143,978
     Libertarian Margie Waite-McKeown 1.3% 5,206
Total Votes 388,143
Election Results via Delaware State Board of Elections.
See also: Delaware down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Delaware Insurance Commissioner General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Weldin Stewart Incumbent 61.1% 233,354
     Republican Benjamin Mobley 36.8% 140,669
     Libertarian David R. Eisenhour 2.1% 7,838
Total Votes 381,861
Election Results via Delaware State Board of Elections.

National picture

States with 2012 executive elections

There were 94 total seats up for election across 22 states this year, including 11 Governors, 9 Lt. Governors, 10 Attorneys General, 7 Secretaries of State and 57 down ballot seats.

  • Before the election, 51 of these offices were held by Democrats, 38 were held by Republicans, and the remaining 4 positions were held by non partisan or Independent officers . After the election, Democrats hold 49 (net loss of 2 seats), Republicans 42 (net gain of 4 seats), and Independents/non partisans only 1 (loss of 3).
  • Of the 69 incumbents who ran for election in 2012, 7 were defeated-6 Democrat and 1 Republican. Democratic Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau narrowly escaped that fate, having had to wait for her challenger to cancel a self-financed recount on December 11, 2012 before being named the official winner.[3]
  • Out of 25 total open seats, 13 were won by Democrats, 11 went to Republican, and 1 went to an Independent (nonpartisan) candidate. In all, there are 34 new state executives as a result of the election.
  • From the gubernatorial perspective, after the November 2012 election, there are 30 Republican and 19 Democratic governors.[4] If the GOP had taken five governor seats from Democrats on November 6, that would have given the party 34 -- the most for Republicans since 1922. As of December 2012, the number of Democratic governors in the country is at its lowest since 2001.
2012 State Executive Election Partisan Breakdown
Party Before 2012 Election After 2012 Election Net Change
Democratic 51 50 -1
Republican 38 43 +5
Independent (Nonpartisan) 4 1 -3
TOTALS 931 vacant 94
2012 State Executive Election Analysis
Party Open Seat Winners Defeated Incumbents New State Executives
Democratic 13 6 15
Republican 11 1 18
Independent (Nonpartisan) 1 0 1
TOTALS 25 7 34

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