The First State was the last state to hold a primary this election cycle. Delaware Democrats likely secured another term for Governor John Carney yesterday – he defeated his lone opponent garnering 85% of the primary vote. Governor Carney, like most of his fellow executives on the ballot this year, has been focused on his state’s coronavirus response instead of a re-election campaign. If re-elected he has pledged to continue improving the state’s infrastructure, strengthening public schools, and to address racial injustice.
Julianne Murray came out on top from a crowded Republican gubernatorial primary. Murray is running as a political outsider although she secured the state GOP’s endorsement in the primary and delivered a scathing convention speech condemning the decisions that shut down most of the state’s economy in the early months of the pandemic. The Murray campaign has a tough road ahead. The last time Delawareans elected a Republican governor was 1988.
Down ballot, Democrat and human rights activist Sarah McBride won her State Senate primary. She is poised to become the highest ranking openly transgender elected official in the country as she's running in a safe Democratic district.
Questions about the 2020 state elections? Contact Meghan Holihan