Delaware State Senate elections, 2010

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Elections for the office of Delaware State Senator will be held in Delaware on November 2, 2010. Senate seats in ten of Delaware's 21 districts are 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 is to gain the party's nomination at state conventions held by the state's two major political parties in May. Candidates wishing to run as independents can submit nominating signatures up through July 30. The primary election day is September 14, 2010.

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

The incumbent senator is running for re-election in eight of the eleven senate seats up for election in 2010. (72.72%)

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

Campaign contributions

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
2008 21 $1,211,435
2006 22 $979,107
2004 16 $883,364
2002 44 $1,485,767


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.

Current partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 8
Total 21

List of candidates

District 1

  • Harris McDowell (D) Incumbent McDowell has represented District 1 since 1976.

District 5

District 7

District 8

District 9

  • Karen Peterson (D) Incumbent Peterson has represented District 9 since February 2010.

District 12

  • Dorinda Connor (R) Incumbent Connor has represented District 12 since 1997.

District 13

  • David McBride (D) Incumbent McBride has represented District 13 since 1980.

District 14

District 15

District 19

District 20

See also

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