Primaries were held on Thursday in Delaware. Full results, including candidate lists, summaries, and historical comparisons, are available via the Center for American Women and Politics’ (CAWP) Election Watch page.
Kerri Evelyn Harris (D) was unsuccessful in her primary challenge incumbent Senator Tom Carper (D). No woman has ever represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate.
Incumbent Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D), who became the first woman to represent Delaware in Congress in 2017, was unopposed in her bid for the Democratic nomination. She is strongly favored to win re-election this fall.
Statewide Elected Executive Office
Currently, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long (D) is the only woman among six statewide elected executive officeholders in Delaware. In 2018, 3 of 6 (50%) major-party nominees for statewide executive offices in Delaware are women, including 3 of 3 (100%) Democratic nominees and 0 of 3 (0%) Republican nominees. Three statewide executive offices – governor, lieutenant governor, and commissioner of insurance, are not up for re-election this year.
- Kathy Jennings won the Democratic nomination for attorney general. If successful this fall, she will become the first Democratic woman to serve as Delaware’s attorney general.
- Kathy McGuinness won the Democratic nomination for state auditor. If successful this fall, she will be the first woman to serve as Delaware’s state auditor.
- Colleen Davis was unopposed in her bid for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer. She will challenge incumbent State Treasurer Ken Simpler in November.