Women complete sweep of statewide offices as Dems tighten grip on General Assembly

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Democrats had a good night in Delaware in a sweep of statewide offices and by increasing their thin majority in the Senate.

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Republicans had hoped to flip the upper chamber.

Both Sen. Tom Carper and U.S. Rep. Lisa Bunt Rochester won lopsided victories in their congressional races. Carper had faced off with Trump supporter Rob Arlett, who could not build a base beyond solid red Sussex County.

Rochester took on Scott Walker, a candidate whose bizarre comments and odd behavior led Republicans to distance themselves from their nominee.

Females emerged as a formidable force in state government, capturing the posts of State Treasurer (Colleen Davis), Attorney General, (Kathleen Jennings), and State Auditor (Kathleen McGuiness).

Davis’ defeat of incumbent State Treasurer Ken Simpler was a bitter pill for Republicans to swallow.

Simpler, who had gained high marks in many quarters in operating the office following the turbulent time it was occupied by Democrat Chip Flowers. Simpler was considered to be a rising star and possible gubernatorial candidate. Still, he could not overcome a statewide blue wave, even though Davis is a political newcomer.

Overall, incumbents from both parties triumphed Tuesday night with many long-time legislators having little or no opposition. Sussex County remained staunchly Republican, although House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, easily won re-election.

However, Senate minority leader Gregory LaVelle narrowly lost to Democrat Laura Sturgeon in a race for the Brandywine Hundred district The once solid GOP district is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.

A long-time House member Deborah Hudson lost her seat in another former GOP stronghold in northern New Castle County.

One bright spot for the GOP was the victory by Michael Smith, who won a Republican legislative seat in the Newark-Pike Creek district held by the retiring Joseph Miro, also a Republican.

Click herefor unofficial results.

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