Primary results reveal candidates for November general election


Members of the Democratic and Republican parties took to the polls on Sept. 6 to decide which candidates would represent their parties in the 2018 mid-term elections in November.

Only about one in four or five eligible voters showed up to vote. For statewide offices, the Department of Elections reported Democratic voter turnout of 25.38 percent and Republican voter turnout of 19.66 percent.

(Below, numbers were rounded to the nearest percent.)

For U.S. Senate, Democrat incumbent Tom Carper beat Kerri Evelyn Harris, 65 to 35 percent. For Republicans, Rob Arlett (67 percent) defeated Gene Truono (28 percent) and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente (5 percent).

For U.S. Congress, Republican Scott Walker beat Lee Murphy, 53 to 47 percent. Democrats had no primary challenger to sitting U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester.

For state attorney general, Democrat Kathleen Jennings (57 percent) defeated Lakresha Roberts (22 percent), Christofer Johnson (15 percent) and Timothy P Mullaney Sr. (7 percent). Republicans had no primary in that race.

For state auditor of accounts, Kathleen K McGuiness (42 percent) beat Kathleen Ann Davies (35 percent) and Dennis E Williams (23 percent). There was no Republican primary.

For Sussex County Council, District 4 Republicans chose Doug Hudson over George Parish, 59 to 41 percent. District 5 Republicans chose John Rieley over Kevin Christophen, 56 to 44 percent.

Another 15 primaries were held for Delaware State Legislature seats.

The Nov. 6 midterm election will include all of those seats, plus state treasurer, all state representatives and some state senators.

There is no contest for Sussex County Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds or Sheriff.

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter