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United States Senate elections in Delaware, 2014

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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:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Coons Democratic Party
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Race Rating
Pending

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Delaware will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
July 8, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Delaware is 1 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by August 16, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 11, 2014.[4]

See also: Delaware elections, 2014

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

Candidates

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Possible candidates

Race background

In September 2012, Christine O'Donnell announced that she would consider a re-match against incumbent Chris Coons, who defeated O'Donnell in 2010.[7]

O'Donnell announced her possible 2014 run, saying "I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a run. People sacrificed. Not only came out of their comfort zone -- sacrificed to work hard in order to win the primary. And I think that I owe it to them to give it every consideration."[7] Since her indication at a possible run, no official decision has been announced.

Coons already had $806,862 cash on hand for the beginning of his re-election campaign in February 2013.[8]

When questioned in July 2013 about whether she would run O'Donnell responded by saying that she is “not saying no” to challenging Chris Coons, who defeated her by 16 points in 2010.[9] O’Donnell said her final decision depends on a number of factors, including her parents’ health and the results of an ongoing investigation into a potential breach of her tax information.[9]

In a tweet on July 23, 2013, O'Donnell responded to the rumor by tweeting "...To be clear, a 2014 Senate run isn't even on my radar!"[10]

As of July 2013, no names aside from O’Donnell’s had surfaced as possible challengers to incumbent Chris Coons (D).[11]

Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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 funds 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.[12] 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.[13]

Campaign contributions

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Chris Coons

Chris Coons (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]May 10, 2013$806,862$464,523$(101,023)$1,170,362
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$1,170,362$1,130,305$(296,856)$2,003,811
October Quarterly[16]October 13, 2013$2,003,811$540,277$(149,889)$2,394,200
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$2,394,200$644,084$(184,858)$2,853,426
Running totals
$2,779,189$(732,626)

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.[18]

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.[19]

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. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. State of Delaware Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. The Hill "O’Donnell stirs pot on 2014 speculation" Accessed July 24, 2013
  6. Washington Post "Christine O’Donnell might run for Senate again" Accessed July 24, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Huffington Post " Christine O'Donnell Considers 2014 Senate Rematch" accessed February 25, 2013
  8. Huffington Post "Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2013
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named O.27Donnell
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wp
  11. Delaware Online "Republicans wait as O'Donnell weighs another campaign" accessed July 24, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 26, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 26, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  18. Delaware Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"