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Delaware lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

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The Delaware lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012. Primaries were on September 11, 2012. Election day polling hours were from 7 am until 8 pm.

Incumbent Matthew Denn (D), serving in his first term, was not prevented by term limits from seeking a second term in office. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated two challengers in the November general election: Republican Sher Valenzuela and Libertarian Margie Waite-McKeown.

Along with his gubernatorial running mate, Denn was expected to be "headed for a comfortable re-election."[1]

His opponent, Republican challenger and small business owner Sher Valenzuela made a splash as a relative political newcomer. However, the lieutenant governor race got more attention than usual in 2012 after Valenzuela was invited to speak at the Republican Convention in Tampa.[2] Her convention appearance boosted her name recognition in the state and beyond.[2]

When asked about the possibility of a split-ticket administration, Valenzuela said she would be 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.”[2]

For Denn, the possibility of working in a split administration was 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.”[2]


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Lieutenant Governor of Delaware General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Denn Incumbent 61.6% 238,959
     Republican Sher Valenzuela 37.1% 143,978
     Libertarian Margie Waite-McKeown 1.3% 5,206
Total Votes 388,143
Election Results via Delaware State Board of Elections.

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Key dates

  • Administrative deadlines were at close of business (5:00) unless otherwise noted.
Deadline Event
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

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Interview with Sher Valenzuela on Republican Hour

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Matthew Denn

Matthew Denn was endorsed by the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats.[3]

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