Democrats had a good night in Delaware Tuesday as U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and Gov. Jack Markell both won re-election bids.
Carper, 65, defeated businessman Kevin Wade and independent Alex Pires to return for a second term in the U.S. Senate while Markell, 51, beat businessman Jeffrey Cragg and two other candidates to win a second-term as governor.
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Carper, the former two-term Governor, has never lost a race since being elected state treasurer in 1976.
During the campaign, Markell touted his record in attracting and retaining jobs in Delaware, including helping a company buy and restart the idled oil refinery in Delaware City. But Cragg pointed out that tens of thousands of Delawareans are still unemployed, and he criticized Markell for gambling millions of taxpayer dollars trying to lure electric car maker Fisker Automotive and fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy to Delaware.
The AP also projected that President Barack Obama, also a Democrat, would take Delaware's three electoral votes. Obama's running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, served as a long-time U.S. Senator from Delaware.
Obama's victory in Delaware was expected, given that Democrats heavily outnumber Republicans in the state.
Also, incumbent U.S. Congressman John Carney defeated Republican Thomas Kovach. And, Democrat Matthew Denn held off Republican Cheryl Valenzuela and libertarian McKeown for Lieutenant Governor.