United States Senate elections in Delaware, 2014

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U.S. Senate, Delaware General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Coons Incumbent 55.8% 130,655
     Republican Kevin Wade 42.2% 98,823
     Green Andrew Groff 1.9% 4,560
Total Votes 234,038
Source: Delaware Department of Elections



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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Delaware

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Chris Coons Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Coons Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Delaware elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Chris Coons won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. He was unchallenged in the Democratic primary for Delaware's U.S. Senate seat. The Republican party fielded two candidates in the race: Chris Smink and Kevin Wade. Wade defeated Smink in the primary but lost to Coons in the general election.[3][4] There had been talk of another Senate run by Christine O'Donnell (R) but she ultimately declined to seek election.[5][6]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
July 8, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Delaware is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[7][8][9]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by August 16, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 11, 2014.[10]

See also: Delaware elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election filled the Senate seat held by Chris Coons (D). Coons was first elected in a special election in 2010 to replace Vice-President Joe Biden.

Candidates

General election candidates


September 9, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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Election results

General election

U.S. Senate, Delaware General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Coons Incumbent 55.8% 130,655
     Republican Kevin Wade 42.2% 98,823
     Green Andrew Groff 1.9% 4,560
Total Votes 234,038
Source: Delaware Department of Elections

Primary election

U.S. Senate, Delaware Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Wade 75.7% 18,181
Chris Smink 24.3% 5,848
Total Votes 24,029
Source: Delaware Division of Elections

Race background

Incumbent Chris Coons ran unchallenged in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, Kevin Wade triumphed over Chris Smink. Coons triumphed over Smink and Green Party candidate Andrew Groff in the general election on November 4, 2014.[14]

Key votes

Below are important votes the incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Chris Coons voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[16]

Campaign contributions

Candidate ballot accecss
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Chris Coons

Chris Coons (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]May 10, 2013$806,862$464,523$(101,023)$1,170,362
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$1,170,362$1,130,305$(296,856)$2,003,811
October Quarterly[19]October 13, 2013$2,003,811$540,277$(149,889)$2,394,200
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$2,394,200$644,084$(184,858)$2,853,426
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$2,853,426$582,927$(313,298)$3,123,056
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$3,123,056$530,141$(512,197)$3,140,999
Pre-Primary[23]August 28, 2014$3,140,999$281,190$(729,797)$2,692,392
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2014$2,692,392$321,407$(1,490,654)$1,523,145
Running totals
$4,494,854$(3,778,572)

Kevin Wade

Kevin Wade (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[25]August 27, 2014$0$22,825$(6,072)$16,752
Running totals
$22,825$(6,072)

Election history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Tom Carper won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Kevin Wade, Alexander Pires and Andrew Richard Groff in the general election.[26]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, 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.

U.S. Senate, Delaware Special 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

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Politico, "2014 Delaware Senate Primaries Results," accessed September 9, 2014
  4. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  5. The Hill, "O’Donnell stirs pot on 2014 speculation" accessed July 24, 2013 (dead link)
  6. Delaware Online, "Christine O'Donnell backs off Delaware Senate run," May 23, 2014
  7. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  9. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  10. State of Delaware Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  11. The Hill "O’Donnell stirs pot on 2014 speculation" accessed July 24, 2013 (dead link)
  12. Washington Post "Christine O’Donnell might run for Senate again" accessed July 24, 2013
  13. Newsworks, "Christine O'Donnell not running for Senate," June 4, 2014
  14. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 26, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 26, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons Pre-Primary," accessed September 4, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin Wade Pre-Primary," accessed September 4, 2014
  26. Delaware Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"