Carper Wins Delaware Primary Thursday

The Story:

A much-watched primary in Delaware last week (Thursday) was a contest within the Democratic Party over who should receive that party’s nomination for US Senate: incumbent Tom Carper, or Dover community organizer Kerri Evelyn Harris. Carper prevailed.


Carper is the senior Senator from Delaware. He was the (centrist, business oriented) Governor of that state in the 1990s, ran successfully for the Senate in 2000, and is now running for his fourth term there. He is the ranking minority member on the Environment Committee.

Harris, Carper’s challenger, was a political unknown who came to prominence, drawing national attention to this race, despite a total campaign war chest of only about $120,000. Activists in Democratic ranks are hungry for a younger leadership, and for the presence of women, and people of color, in that leadership. Harris seemed poised to benefit from that hunger.

The Thing to Know:

But it was not to be. Carper received the support of more than 60% of the primary voters. His re-election will be contested in November by the Republican nominee, a Trump enthusiast, Rob Arlett. Carper is the heavy favorite there.

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