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Conservative Ranking


Delaware is the 11th least conservative state, voting 10.1% less Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Delaware is trending DEMOCRAT.

GOP Trend Ranking


Delaware ranks 36th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

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    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  DEM incumbent Joe Biden is seeking an eighth term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Christine O'Donnell - Former Senate Candidate  

    DEM Candidates

  • Joe Biden - Incumbent  

    Party nominee -

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    Governor's Race
    OPEN SEAT:  DEM incumbent Ruth Ann Minner is term-limited in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • William Lee - Former Delaware Superior Court Judge  

    DEM Candidates

  • Jack Markell - Delaware State Treasurer  
  • John Carney, Jr. - Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
  • Frank Infante

    Party nominee -

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    Competitive House Races
    No competitive races in 2008
     
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District AL:  Mike Castle (R)-inc vs. Karen Hartley-Nagle (D)
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    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 5, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • July 25, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • September 9, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 DEM
      Representatives 1 GOP
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      Lt. Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 8 GOP, 13 DEM
      State House - GOP control 22 GOP, 19 DEM, 1 IND

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Ruth Ann Minner (D) - 2nd term, term-limited in 2008
  • Lt. Governor:  John Carney (D) - 2nd term, running for governor in 2008
  • Senior Senator:  Joseph Biden (D) - 7th term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  Tom Carper (D) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2012
  • House District 1:  Mike Castle (R) - 7th term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Strong DEM -- Mod DEM --

    Senate
    Class 1 Strong DEM -- -- Solid DEM
    Class 2 -- Solid DEM -- --

    Governor Solid DEM -- Mod DEM --

    House 1 GOP 1 GOP 1 GOP 1 GOP
    CD-AL Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Delaware Race Tracking
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    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
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    Joe Biden - inc
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    Christine O'Donnell
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    Governor (open)
    Jack Markell
    vs
    William Lee
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