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Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

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Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21
Delaware State Senate2012 Delaware House Elections
Elections for the office of Delaware State Senate were held in Delaware on November 6, 2012. A total of 21 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 10, 2012. The primary Election Day was September 11, 2012.

Although Delaware senators typically serve four-year terms, they are elected to a two-year term during the first election of the decade. Thus, rather than only half of all senators being up for election, all sitting members were on the ballot in November.

See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Delaware State Senate:

Delaware State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 14 13
     Republican Party 7 8
Total 21 21


Incumbents retiring

A total of two incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Liane Sorenson Ends.png Republican Senate District 6
George Bunting Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 20

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Delaware in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 19 $643,813
2008 21 $1,211,435
2006 22 $979,107
2004 16 $883,364
2002 44 $1,485,767

In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in senate campaigns was $643,813. The top 10 overall contributors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Bodenweisser, Eric R $26,000
Friends to Elect Joe Booth State Representative $23,832
Moritz, John A $23,295
Bunting Jr., George H $11,500
Booth, Joseph W $10,000
Cullis, Fred $6,800
Delaware Racing Association $6,600
Delaware Association of Realtors $5,450
Delaware Trial Lawyers Association $4,800
Astrazeneca $4,600

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Delaware

New maps were approved by the Delaware General Assembly in late June 2011. Democrats, who controlled the process after years of Republican control of the Assembly, are expected to "shore up their gains" in the House according to Louis Jacobson of Governing.[3] Two northern Senate districts -- respectively containing incumbents David Sokola (D) and Liane Sorenson (R) -- were merged in order to create a new southern district in Sussex County, including Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, and Milton.[4]

Qualifications

Article II, Section 3 of the Delaware Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-seven years and have been a citizen and inhabitant of the State three years next preceding the day of his election and the last year of that term an inhabitant of the Senatorial District in which he shall be chosen, unless he shall have been absent on the public business of the United States or of this State.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:
Independent Independent candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Harris McDowell: 15,155Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Bryan Lintz: 555
Independent Robert Clark: 2,054

District 2

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Margaret Rose Henry: 15,197 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Marshall: 12,322 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
  • Michael Katz Approveda Incumbent Katz first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Katz: 11,188
Republican Party Gregory Lavelle: 11,970 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Marcia Groff: 410

District 5

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christopher R. Counihan: 10,062
Republican Party Catherine Cloutier: 12,912 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Incumbent Liane Sorenson (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrew W. Staton: 10,352
Republican Party Ernesto B. Lopez: 13,603 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Gwendolyn M. Jones: 286

District 7

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patricia Blevins: 13,756 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party James Christina: 1,139

District 8

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
  • David Sokola Approveda Incumbent Sokola first assumed office in 1991.
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Sokola: 10,099 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party William Stritzinger: 6,535

District 9

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen Peterson: 13,941 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bethany Hall-Long: 16,498 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bryan Townsend: 12,860 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Evan Queitsch: 3,550

District 12

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nicole Poore: 12,875 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dorinda Connor: 8,170
Libertarian Party Brad Thomas: 310

District 13

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
  • David McBride Approveda Incumbent McBride first assumed office in 1981.
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David McBride: 14,444 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
  • Bruce Ennis Approveda Incumbent Ennis first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bruce Ennis: 12,031 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Scott Unruh: 7,652

District 15

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
Independent Independent candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kathleen Cooke: 9,004
Republican Party David G. Lawson: 9,547 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Catherine Samardza: 324

District 16

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • Colin Bonini Approveda Incumbent Bonini first assumed office in 1995.
Independent Independent candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Colin Bonini: 9,372 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Michael Tedesco: 2,356

District 17

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brian Bushweller: 13,161 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Gary Simpson: 13,198 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

Note: Eric Bodenweiser initially suspended his campaign, but then officially ended his campaign in October 2012. He was indicted on 113 felony charges on October 22, 2012.[5][6] He was replaced by Brian Pettyjohn on the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jane E. Hovington: 6,605
Republican Party Brian Pettyjohn: 9,817 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Incumbent George Bunting (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Eakle: 6,736
Republican Party Gerald Hocker: 14,290 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Venables: 8,955 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bryant L. Richardson: 6,889
Libertarian Party John F. Potter: 187

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