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:
Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Coons Democratic Party
Chris Coons.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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2014 U.S. House Elections

Flag of Delaware.png
Voters in Delaware will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Chris Coons is running 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 and will face Coons in the general election.[3] There had been talk of another Senate run by Christine O'Donnell (R) but she ultimately declined to seek election.[4][5]

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.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by August 16, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 11, 2014.[9]

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.


General election candidates

September 9, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Did not run

Primary results

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: Politico as of 100% reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

Incumbent Chris Coons is unchallenged in the Democratic primary. Two Republican candidates filed to run in the election for U.S. Senate: Chris Smink and Kevin Wade. The winner of the Republican primary will face Coons and Andrew Groff (G) in the general election.

Potential O'Donnell challenge

In September 2012, Christine O'Donnell announced that she would consider a re-match against incumbent Chris Coons, who defeated O'Donnell in 2010.[13]

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."[13] 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.[14]

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.[4] 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.[4]

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!"[15]

On June 4, 2014, O'Donnell confirmed that she was not running for election to the Senate. She said that she "will be launching two key projects in the next few weeks, yet neither will be a political campaign."[16]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current 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.[17] 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.[18]

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[19]May 10, 2013$806,862$464,523$(101,023)$1,170,362
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$1,170,362$1,130,305$(296,856)$2,003,811
October Quarterly[21]October 13, 2013$2,003,811$540,277$(149,889)$2,394,200
Year-End[22]January 31, 2014$2,394,200$644,084$(184,858)$2,853,426
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$2,853,426$582,927$(313,298)$3,123,056
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2014$3,123,056$530,141$(512,197)$3,140,999
Pre-Primary[25]August 28, 2014$3,140,999$281,190$(729,797)$2,692,392
Running totals

Kevin Wade

Kevin Wade (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[26]August 27, 2014$0$22,825$(6,072)$16,752
Running totals

Election history


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.[27]

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"


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


  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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Hill, "O’Donnell stirs pot on 2014 speculation" accessed July 24, 2013
  5. Delaware Online, "Christine O'Donnell backs off Delaware Senate run," May 23, 2014
  6. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  9. State of Delaware Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. The Hill "O’Donnell stirs pot on 2014 speculation" accessed July 24, 2013
  11. Washington Post "Christine O’Donnell might run for Senate again" accessed July 24, 2013
  12. Newsworks, "Christine O'Donnell not running for Senate," June 4, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Huffington Post " Christine O'Donnell Considers 2014 Senate Rematch" accessed February 25, 2013
  14. Huffington Post "Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2013
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  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 26, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 26, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Coons Pre-Primary," accessed September 4, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin Wade Pre-Primary," accessed September 4, 2014
  27. Delaware Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"