Delaware is the place of the latest showdown between the Democratic establishment and the left — this time over a US Senate seat. This time, the establishment emerged victorious.
Three-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Tom Carper, a former governor who’s been in the Senate since 2001, is up for reelection, and he rarely faces a serious primary challenger.
This year, squared off against Kerri Evelyn Harris, a community activist and veteran who has national progressive groups excited — and won easily. Carper is known for being a centrist Democrat who represents a state where pharmaceutical companies, credit card companies, and other financial institutions have an outsize presence. Rob Arlett won a three-way Republican race to run against Carper in November.
Delaware is a blue enough state that Carper will almost certainly win.
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Delaware US Senate primary
A normally sleepy primary for US Senate in Delaware has been shaken up this year, as 71-year-old Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) faced a challenge from progressive candidate Kerri Evelyn Harris. Harris is an Air Force veteran, a community activist, and a woman of color who identifies as queer. It was uphill battle for her; she has far less money and is polling well behind Carper. He ultimately emerged victorious.
|Eugene Truono, Jr||10,587||28%|
|Roque De La Fuente||1,998||5%|
A Republican race for Senate was won by Sussex County Council member Rob Arlett. He defeated finance attorney Gene Truono and perennial candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente (who has run for Senate in multiple other states and ran for president on the Reform ticket). Delaware is a pretty solidly blue state, and most forecasters rate the seat Safely Democratic.