Delaware lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
The Delaware lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012. Primaries are tentatively scheduled for September 11, 2012. Election day polling hours are from 7 am until 8 pm.
Incumbent Matthew Denn (D) is in his first term and is not prevented by term limits from seeking a second term in office. He is unopposed in the Democratic primary and has drawn two challengers for the general election in November: Republican Sher Valenzuela and Libertarian Margie Waite-McKeown.
His opponent, Republican challenger and small business owner Sher Valenzuela made a political splash as a relative political newcomer. However, the lieutenant governor race is getting more attention than usual this election year after Valenzuela was invited to speak at the Republican Convention in Tampa. Her convention appearance has boosted her name recognition in the state and beyond.
When asked about the possibility of a split-ticket administration, Valenzuela said she's ready to work in a split administration. “We've got 24 years of one party rule, and 24 years of one party rule, whatever the party is, does not lead to the outcome that is best for the citizens.”
For Denn, the possibility of working in a split administration is not even on the radar. “I have contemplated many things in my life, but me winning and Jack losing is not something I've spent a lot of time thinking about.”
|Lieutenant Governor of Delaware General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Matthew Denn Incumbent||61.6%||238,959|
|Election Results via Delaware State Board of Elections.|
- Administrative deadlines are at close of business (5:00) unless otherwise noted.
|Jul. 10, Noon||Statewide candidate filing|
|Aug. 18||Voter registration for the primary election|
|Aug. 27||Voter registration for military and overseas - primary election|
|Sept. 11||Primary election|
|Sept. 11, 8pm||Primary absentee ballots due to Department of Elections|
|Oct. 13||Voter registration for general election|
|Oct. 22||Voter registration for uniformed service members and overseas citizens - general election|
|Nov. 6||General election|
|Nov. 6, 8pm||General election absentee ballots due to Department of Elections|
Democratic primary candidates
- Matthew Denn (Incumbent)
Republican primary candidates
Interview with Sher Valenzuela on Republican Hour