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[[Article II, Delaware Constitution#Section 3|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.
 
[[Article II, Delaware Constitution#Section 3|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.
  

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Delaware State Senate elections, 2010

Majority controlCampaign contributions

QualificationsCompetitiveness analysis

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List of candidates
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Delaware State Senate
Elections for the office of Delaware State Senator were held in Delaware on November 2, 2010. Senate seats in eleven of Delaware's 21 districts were up for election in 2010. These districts are: 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, and 20.

The primary nomination process for candidates wishing to run in these elections to gain the party's nomination were held at state conventions held by the state's two major political parties in May. Candidates wishing to run as independents could submit nominating signatures up through July 30. The primary election day was September 14, 2010.

In Delaware, senators serve four-year terms with no term limits.

The incumbent senator ran for re-election in 11 of the 11 senate seats up for election in 2010. (100%)

Democrats only lost one seat in the 2010 election.

See also: Delaware State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Bruce Ennis
  2. Catherine Cloutier
  3. David G. Lawson
  4. David McBride
  5. David Sokola
  6. Dorinda Connor
  7. George Bunting
  8. Harris McDowell
  9. Joseph Booth
  10. Karen Peterson (Delaware)
  11. Patricia Blevins

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Delaware State Senate:

Delaware State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 15 14
     Republican Party 6 7
Total 21 21


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

Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

3 incumbents (27%) faced no competition in the November 2 general election.

  • 2 Democratic incumbents faced no November challenger.
  • 1 GOP incumbent faced no November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 2 incumbents faced competition in the September 14 primary, both of whom won.

Retiring incumbents

All 11 incumbent senators ran for re-election.

Qualifications

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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

Partisan dominance in state senates
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District 1

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Harris McDowell: 11,862 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christopher Counihan: 6,411
Republican Party Catherine Cloutier: 7,649 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patricia Blevins: 7,877 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Frederick R. Cullis: 5,044

District 8

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Sokola: 8,572 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party A. Louis Saindon: 5,583

District 9

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen Peterson 8,008 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert S. Johnston: 3,196

District 12

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Dorinda Connor: 9,110 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David McBride: 8,736 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Bruce Ennis Incumbent Ennis was first elected in 2007.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bruce Ennis: 12,238 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John A. Moritz: 6,427

District 15

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Nancy Cook Incumbent Cook was first elected in 1974.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nancy Cook: 7,623
Republican Party David G. Lawson: 8,370 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joseph Booth: 10,554 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party George Bunting: 13,119 Green check mark transparent.png

See also

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