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Establishment Vs. Upstart in Delaware's Democratic Senate Race Highlights First State's Primary Election

Delaware's election Thursday is one of the country's last remaining primaries. Its date may also surprise some Delaware voters who aren't aware of a scheduling change made back in 2016.

What to Know

  • The races are the highlights of one of the country's last remaining primaries ahead of what will be a contentious midterm election.
  • The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Numerous down-ballot primary races are also being held.
  • The date may also surprise some Delaware voters who aren't aware of a scheduling change made back in 2016.

One of Delaware's most influential politicians of the last half-century faces one of the toughest challenges of his political life in an upstart candidate in today's Democratic primary.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who is seeking a fourth term and has previously served as governor and representative for the First State, is being challenged by military veteran Kerri Evelyn Harris.

Harris, 38, raised a fraction of the campaign cash that Carper, 71, stockpiled, but in recent weeks, national progressive groups and other Democratic rising stars, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have lent their funding and support.

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The winner of the Democratic primary will face the winner among three Republicans squaring off in Delaware's midterm primary elections Thursday.

Two Republicans are also vying for the chance to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester in the general election in November. Rochester does not face any primary challenge. Delaware has only one seat in the House of Representatives.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Numerous down-ballot primary races are also being held, including state attorney general and numerous seats in the state Senate and House of Representatives.

The First State's other U.S. senator, Chris Coons, is not up for re-election this year.

The races are the highlights of one of the country's last remaining primaries ahead of what will be a contentious midterm election in the fall. It may also surprise some Delaware voters who aren't aware of a scheduling change made back in 2016.

The Delaware General Assembly two years ago changed the date for the primary from a previously scheduled Sept. 11 date to Sept. 6. For more information about the election and details about how and where to vote depending on your address, go to the Department of State's elections page here.

The three Republicans running for U.S. Senate are Robert Arlett, Rocky de la Fuente Roque and Eugene Truono Jr.

The two Republicans running for the at-large congressional seat are Lee Murphy and Scott Walker.

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