Delaware Special Election Results

Delaware held a special State Senate election, 10th district, on Saturday, February 25. The results: Democrat Stephanie Hansen 7,314 (58.13%); Republican John Marino 5,127 (40.75%); Libertarian Joseph D. Lanzendorfer 139 (1.12%).

When this seat had been up last time, in November 2014, the results had been: Democrat Bethany Hall-Long 6,230 (51.1%); Republican John Marino 5,963 (48.9%).

This month’s special election was key to determining which party would have a majority in the State Senate, so spending was the greatest ever in the history of Delaware State Senate elections. It is extremely rare to have a special legislative election (on an off-day in the normal election season) and have more votes cast in the special election, than had been cast in the last regularly-scheduled election, but that happened in this instance. The November 2014 total vote had been 12,293; this special election total vote is 12,580.


Delaware Special Election Results — 3 Comments

  1. I was following this race closely. I read reports suggesting that outside Democrats flooded the race with money. There was a comment on Lanzendorfer’s campaign Facebook page indicating that Hansen spend about $100 per vote, which would amount to around $750,000 in this race. Lanzendorfer, for his part, claims to have spent $22.30 per vote, which amounts to about $3,100.

    Lanzendorfer presented well, but I am disappointed with his showing. I’m not sure if he didn’t run an energetic campaign or if he was lacking support from the State and/or national parties (maybe all of this), but this seemed like a race that should have been tailor-made for a good showing. As Republicans and Democrats become increasingly polarized, and increasingly view each other as not just political opponents, but mortal enemies, third parties and independents should become more attractive. Democrats will find it harder and harder to get any Republicans to support their proposals, and vice versa. However an independent or third party can serve a role as an honest broker between the two sides. If such an honest broker were in the legislature, he/she would have a lot of power. Lanzendorfer should have been pounding away at this message, as, if he would have won this seat, he would have enormous power in the state legislature. If I were a resident of that district, I’d love for the person representing me and my interests to have such a high degree of power.

    There are two other special elections this year that the Libertarians are running candidates in, that I am aware of — The special election in the fourth Congressional District of Kansas, and the special election for Montana’s at large representative. I hope the Libertarian Party, as an organization, puts more effort into these races than they appeared to put into this Delaware race.

  2. There was a time in British politics when the Liberal Party did amazingly well in by-elections. They usually got crushed in regular parliamentary elections by both Labour and the Tories but did well in by-elections. The LP would do well to take a page from their playbook.

  3. I agree with you. The next special election on the calendar that I am aware of that the LP has a candidate in is for Mike Pompeo’s vacated congressional seat in Kansas. I’d like to see the LP put more of an effort into that race. So far, there doesn’t seem to be much

    The LP has to show progress, or their converts from the most recent election will get restless. In my opinion, in a deeply red state like Kansas, my strategy would be to take on the Democrat first. After all, someone has to be the “third party” candidate in this election, and better the Democrat than the LP candidate. I’d tie him to the Washington crowd of the likes of Shumer, Pelosi and Warren, and remind Kansas voters that he’d be part of that hysterical crowd if he gets elected. That should be followed up by pointing out that the Kansas Republicans need an opposition party, and that the LP provides opposition that is a better fit for Kansans than the Democratic party. Kansas has effectively become a one party state as a result of Republican domination and Democrats not trying to fit the state. Why not let the LP become the main opposition party?

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