Delaware Attorney General election, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014
Treasurer, Controller, Auditor
The race to replace Biden featured a crowded field headed by Lt. Gov. Matthew Denn (D) and attorney Ted Kittila (R). Denn and Kittila were joined by Green Party candidate Catherine Damavandi, Libertarian Party candidate John Machurek and independent candidate David Graham. Matthew Denn won the general election. Learn more about where the candidates stood on issues facing Delaware by jumping to the debates section.
Matthew Denn - Current Delaware Lieutenant Governor
Ted Kittila - Attorney
Catherine Damavandi - Attorney, former deputy attorney general
John Machurek - 2012 Libertarian Party candidate for Delaware House of Representatives
David Graham - Accountant, Delaware Department of Finance
|Attorney General of Delaware, 2014|
|Election Results via Delaware Office of the State Election Commissioner.|
October 15 debate
Matthew Denn (D), Ted Kittila (R), Catherine Damavandi (G) and David Graham (I) discussed the state's heroin problem and their proposals for strengthening the office during a debate at Widener University Law School. Kittila and Damavandi agreed that the attorney general's office should target high-level dealers in the state to deal with the drug's growing use. Graham brought up a family member struggling with heroin addiction when bringing up the need for rehabilitation programs. Denn also argued on behalf of treatment programs that could stem the supply side of the problem.
The candidates were asked to assign themes to their campaigns or potential administrations during the debate. Denn spoke about the need to improve the efficiency of the office while focusing on violent crimes. Kittila suggested that the office needed to reclaim its role atop the state's legal system. Damavandi stated that her administration would be focused on equal justice for every resident and Graham suggested that leadership and management would be necessary to continue the office's work.
|2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III||78.9%|
|2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Beau Biden||52.6%|
|Republican Party||Ferris Wharton||47.4%|
Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 82,596,338 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 36.4 percent of the VEP. By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.
- According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.
- Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
- The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Indiana (28 percent), Texas (28.5 percent) and Utah (28.8 percent).
- Maine (59.3 percent), Wisconsin (56.9 percent) and Alaska (55.3 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
- There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.
|Voter turnout rates, 2014|
|State||Total votes for top office||% voter eligible population||Top statewide office up for election||Size of lead (Raw votes)||Size of lead (%)|
|District of Columbia||150,000||30.3||Mayor||27,934||19|
|Indiana||1,350,000||28.0||Secretary of state||234,978||17.8|
|North Carolina||2,900,000||40.7||U.S. Senate||48,511||1.7|
|North Dakota||248,670||43.8||U.S. House At-large seat||42,214||17.1|
|West Virginia||460,000||31.8||U.S. Senate||124,667||27.6|
Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on November 19, 2014. The results in this table draw from unofficial results as of November 12, 2014.
|July 8, 2014||Filing deadline (Democratic and Republican)|
|July 15, 2014||Filing deadline (Other candidates)|
|September 9, 2014||Primary election|
|November 4, 2014||General election|
|November 6, 2014||State Board of Canvass meets in Superior Court|
|January 6, 2015||Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election|
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- Beau Biden for Attorney General official website, "Splash page," accessed April 18, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- Matt Denn for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed July 7, 2014
- Ted Kittila for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed July 7, 2014
- Newsworks/WHYY, "Delaware Attorney General candidates trade verbal jabs at Widener law debate (video)," October 16, 2014
- Delaware Secretary of State, November 2, 2010 General Election Results, accessed May 10, 2011.
- State of Delaware: Commissioner of Elections - 2006 General Election Results
- United States Elections Project, "2014 November General Election Turnout Rates," November 7, 2014
- TIME, "Voter Turnout in Midterm Elections Hits 72-Year Low," November 10, 2014
- PBS, "2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years," November 10, 2014
- U.S. News & World Report, "Midterm Turnout Down in 2014," November 5, 2014
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