United States Senate elections in Delaware, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Delaware

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Coons Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Delaware will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
July 8, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Delaware has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Delaware elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Chris Coons (D). Coons was first elected in a special election in 2010 to replace Vice-President Joe Biden.


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Possible candidates

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Incumbent Chris Coons is unchallenged in the Democratic primary. Two Republican candidates filed to run in the election for U.S. Senate: Chris Smink and Kevin Wade. The winner of the Republican primary will face Coons and Andrew Groff (G) in the general election.

Potential O'Donnell challenge

In September 2012, Christine O'Donnell announced that she would consider a re-match against incumbent Chris Coons, who defeated O'Donnell in 2010.[3]

O'Donnell announced her possible 2014 run, saying "I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a run. People sacrificed. Not only came out of their comfort zone -- sacrificed to work hard in order to win the primary. And I think that I owe it to them to give it every consideration."[3] Since her indication at a possible run, no official decision has been announced.

Coons already had $806,862 cash on hand for the beginning of his re-election campaign in February 2013.[4]

When questioned in July 2013 about whether she would run O'Donnell responded by saying that she is “not saying no” to challenging Chris Coons, who defeated her by 16 points in 2010.[5] O’Donnell said her final decision depends on a number of factors, including her parents’ health and the results of an ongoing investigation into a potential breach of her tax information.[5]

In a tweet on July 23, 2013, O'Donnell responded to the rumor by tweeting "...To be clear, a 2014 Senate run isn't even on my radar!"[6]

On June 4, 2014, O'Donnell confirmed that she was not running for election to the Senate. She said that she "will be launching two key projects in the next few weeks, yet neither will be a political campaign."[7]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[8] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Chris Coons voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[9]

Election history


On November 6, 2012, Tom Carper won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Kevin Wade, Alexander Pires and Andrew Richard Groff in the general election.[10]

U.S. Senate, Delaware General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Carper Incumbent 66.7% 252,892
     Republican Kevin Wade 28.7% 108,957
     Green Andrew Richard Groff 0.8% 3,036
     Independent Alexander Pires 3.8% 14,462
Total Votes 379,347
Source: Delaware Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Coons won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Christine O'Donnell (R), Glenn A. Miller (I), James W. Rash, Jr. (L), Maurice F. Bourgeois (I) and Samtra Devard (I) in the general election.[11]

U.S. Senate, Delaware Special General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris A. Coons Incumbent 56.6% 174,012
     Republican Christine O'Donnell 40% 123,053
     Independent Party of Delaware Glenn A. Miller 2.7% 8,201
     Libertarian James W. Rash, Jr. 0.7% 2,101
     Independent Maurice F. Bourgeois 0% 25
     Independent Samtra Devard 0% 10
Total Votes 307,402

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