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New Delaware GOP director takes charge

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June 13, 2012

By Hannah Mead


DOVER, Delaware: The Republican party in Delaware has a new executive director. Former strategist for Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign,[1] John Fluharty is hoping to bring new life to the Republican party in the strongly Democratic Delaware.[2]

After the party struggled with internal battles in 2010, Fluharty is telling "Delaware Republicans to look forward, not back."[2] He plans to increase the G.O.P. voting base by reaching out to minorities, which tend to vote Democratic.[3]

Delaware's redistricting based on the 2010 Census results has largely protected the Democratic incumbents, and the state politics have long been dominated by the Democratic party.[2] While on the Gingrich campaign, Fluharty managed boost the former Speaker of the U.S. House by 18 points in the polls within Delaware prior to the state's presidential primary.[1] State GOP chairman John Sigler has voiced approval of his new colleague.[2]

In 2012 all 41 state House seats will be up for re-election, as are all 21 state Senate seats.

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