Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Delaware Congressional Seats

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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Delaware's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 1 0

DOVER: Delaware: Delaware has one U.S. Senate seat and one U.S. House seat on the ballot in 2012. Both incumbents are seeking re-election and face at least one challenger in the general election. (100%)

Currently, the Democratic Party holds the Senate and House seats up for election from Delaware. According to race ratings, neither seat is likely to flip to Republican control.

In Delaware, the polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, Eastern Time. If you are in line waiting to vote at closing time, you may cast your vote even if it is done after 8:00 pm.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

Delaware has one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Democratic incumbent Tom Carper is expected to easily defeat his Republican opponent Kevin Wade in the general election. Alexander Pires is running for the seat as an Independent and Andrew Richard Groff is seeking election as a Green Party candidate. Carper was first elected to the Senate in 2000.

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Delaware Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Tom Carper
Republican Party Kevin Wade
Independent Alexander Pires
Green Party Andrew Richard Groff
Tom Carper Pending Pending

U.S. House

Delaware's one congressional district is not considered to be competitive in 2012. Democratic incumbent John Carney faces a challenge from Republican Tom Kovach, Libertarian Scott Gesty, and Green Party candidate Bernard August. Carney is expected to win re-election with little resistance. Carney was first elected to the House in 2010.

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Delaware:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
At-large Democratic Party John Carney
Republican Party Tom Kovach
Libertarian Party Scott Gesty
Green PartyBernard August
John Carney Pending Pending
Members of the U.S. House from Delaware -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 1 1


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