United States Senate elections in Delaware, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Delaware

November 6 Election Winner:
Tom Carper Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Carper Democratic Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid D (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Delaware elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

Tom Carper won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
July 10, 2012
September 11, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Delaware had a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election was limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by August 18 (August 27 for overseas and military citizens); if they switched parties, they had to do so by May 25. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 13 (October 22 for overseas and military).[2]

See also: Delaware elections, 2012

Incumbent: The election filled the Class 1 Senate seat, which was previously held by Tom Carper (D). First elected in 2000, Carper ran for re-election in 2012.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic PartyTom CarperGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kevin Wade
Independent Alexander Pires
Green Party Andrew Richard Groff


September 11, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Independent candidates

Green Party Green Party candidates

Election results

U.S. Senate, Delaware General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Carper Incumbent 66.7% 252,892
     Republican Kevin Wade 28.7% 108,957
     Green Andrew Richard Groff 0.8% 3,036
     Independent Alexander Pires 3.8% 14,462
Total Votes 379,347
Source: Delaware Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. Senate, Delaware Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Carper Incumbent 87.9% 43,587
Keith Robert Spanarelli 12.1% 6,028
Total Votes 49,615

Race background

Democratic incumbent Tom Carper, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, ran for re-election in 2012. He defeated one challenger, Keith Robert Spanarelli, in the Democratic primary on September 11th. Carper went on to face Republican nominee Kevin Wade (who was unopposed in his party's primary), Alexander Pires (Independent) and Andrew Richard Groff (Green Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Competitiveness

The consensus rating among publications such as The New York Times that tracked Congressional elections had the 2012 race for Delaware's Class 1 Senate seat as solid Democratic.[8]

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report released race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There were seven possible designations:[9]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Delaware Senate
Month Rating
November 1, 2012[10]     
October 4, 2012[11]     
September 13, 2012[12]     
August 21, 2012[13]     
July 12, 2012[14]     
May 31, 2012[15]     
May 10, 2012[16]     
March 22, 2012[17]     
March 1, 2012[18]     
January 26, 2012[19]     
December 22, 2011[20]     
December 1, 2011[21]     

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Kevin Wade

Kevin Wade (2012)[22] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 9, 2012$0.00$58,743.69$(31,172.22)$27,571.47
July Quarterly[24]July 14, 2012$27,571.47$39,430.00$(43,340.27)$23,661.20
Running totals
$98,173.69$(74,512.49)

Tom Carper

Tom Carper (2012)[25] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 13, 2012$2,038,522.63$478,976.08$(248,146.34)$2,269,352.37
July Quarterly[27]July 13, 2012$2,269,352.37$380,911.61$(312,305.58)$2,337,958.40
Running totals
$859,887.69$(560,451.92)

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Chris Coons won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Christine O'Donnell (R), Glenn A. Miller (I), James W. Rash, Jr. (L), Maurice F. Bourgeois (I) and Samtra Devard (I) in the general election.[28]

U.S. Senate, Delaware General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris A. Coons Incumbent 56.6% 174,012
     Republican Christine O'Donnell 40% 123,053
     Independent Party of Delaware Glenn A. Miller 2.7% 8,201
     Libertarian James W. Rash, Jr. 0.7% 2,101
     Independent Maurice F. Bourgeois 0% 25
     Independent Samtra Devard 0% 10
Total Votes 307,402

2006

On November 7, 2006, Tom Carper won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jan Ting (R) and William E. Morris (L) in the general election.[29]

U.S. Senate, Delaware General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Carper Incumbent 70.2% 170,567
     Republican Jan Ting 28.7% 69,734
     Libertarian William E. Morris 1.1% 2,671
Total Votes 242,972

See also

External links

References

  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Delaware Election Commissioner, "2012 Election Calendar," accessed July 21, 2012
  3. Tom Carper campaign website Accessed January 5, 2012
  4. Delaware Board of Elections, "Primary Candidate List" accessed July 10, 2012
  5. WDEL "Businessman Kevin Wade to run for U.S. Senate," January 3, 2012
  6. Delaware Board of Elections, "General Election Candidates" accessed July 10, 2012
  7. Delaware Elections Division, "General Election Candidates" accessed August 23, 2012
  8. The New York Times, "2012 Senate race ratings," accessed September 17, 2012
  9. Cook Political Report, "Our Accuracy," accessed December 12, 2011
  10. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," November 1, 2012
  11. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," October 4, 2012
  12. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," September 13, 2012
  13. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," August 21, 2012
  14. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," July 12, 2012
  15. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  16. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 10, 2012
  17. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 22, 2012
  18. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 1, 2012
  19. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," January 26, 2012
  20. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 27, 2011
  21. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 1, 2011
  22. FEC Reports, "Kevin Wade Summary Reports" accessed August 20, 2012
  23. FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed August 20, 2012
  24. FEC Reports, "July Quarterly" accessed August 20, 2012
  25. FEC Reports, "Tom Carper Summary Reports" accessed August 20, 2012
  26. FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed August 20, 2012
  27. FEC Reports, "July Quarterly" accessed August 20, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"