DELAWARE 3 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.
973,764

Total Registration, Nov. 2020
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Delaware has: 3 counties:
New Castle, Sussex, Kent.

Government 
Governor: John Carney (D) elected in 2016; seeking re-election
State Legislature: Delaware General Assembly  House: 41 seats  Senate 21 seats.
Local: Cities and Towns  New Castle, Sussex, Kent   NACO
U.S. House: 1D - At-Large...Lisa Blunt Rochester (D). 
U.S. Senate: Thomas R. Carper (D) re-elected in 2018, Chris Coons (D) seeking re-election
2020

Governor: Gov. John Carney (D) is seeking a second term, is being challenged by Julianne Murray (R), Kathy DeMatties (IP) and John Machurek (L).
 U.S. Senate: Sen. Chris Coons (D), first elected in 2010, re-elected in 2014, and seeking another term, faces
Lauren Witzke (R), Mark Turley (IP) and Nadine Frost (L).
U.S. House:  Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) is seeking a third term.
State Legislature:
11 of 21 Senate seats and all 41 House seats are up. 

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The First State
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Registration Deadline: Oct. 10, 2020.
On the ballot
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Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Hawkins/Walker (Grn.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)






Ballot Access:
To qualify for the ballot an unaffiliated candidate for president must submit 7,140  valid signatures by Sept. 1, 2020 (1 percent of the total number of registered voters as of Dec. 31, 2019). >

Overview:  The state has not gone Republican since George H.W. Bush ran in 1988 and with Delawarean Biden at the top of the Democratic ticket, the outcome seems certain. 

[State Primary: September 15, 2020]
Presidential Primary Election -- Tuesday, April 28, 2020 June 2, 2020 July 7, 2020

Democrats
32 delegates: 14 District, 5 At-Large, 2 PLEO, 11 Unpledged.


Republicans




General Election Winners in Delaware, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton
43.51%
Clinton
51.82%
Gore
54.96%
Kerry
53.33%
Obama
61.94%
Obama
58.61%
Clinton
53.35%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 693,659.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 63.7%.

Registration: Dem. 320,852 (47.49%)   Rep. 189,399 (28.03%)   Others 165,412 (24.48%)   ...Total 675,663 >

Registration Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016 (Oct. 24 for uniformed services members and overseas citizens).
Official Results >

 
+Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
235,603
(53.35)
Trump/Pence (Rep.)
185,127
(41.92)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.)
6,103
(1.38)
Johnson/Weld (Lib)
14,757
(3.35)
Total........441,590

 



Overview: Delaware remained solidly in the blue column, as Clinton/Kaine carried the state with a plurality of 50,476 votes (11.43 percentage points).  Clinton tallied a big margin in New Castle Co. while Trump carried Sussex and Kent Cos..  Clinton's level of support, without the boost of Delawarean Biden on the ticket, was about the same as that achieved by Kerry in 2004.  There were no Fall campaign visits by the candidates except for Green Party nominee Jill Stein, who rallied at the George Wilson Community Center in Newark on Sept. 16.
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 660.580.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 62.7%.


Registration:
Dem. 300,625 (47.41%)   Rep. 181,788 (28.73%)   Others 150,392 (23.77%) ...Total 632,805


Official Results >

 
+Obama/Biden (Dem.) 242,584 (58.61)
Romney/Ryan (Rep.) 165,484 (39.98)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)
1,940 (0.47)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
3,882 (0.94)
Total........ 413,890

 



2012 Overview
Delaware remained solidly in the blue column.  In terms of visits, Vice President Joe Biden frequently comes home to Wilmington,  Ann Romney did fundraisers in Greenville on July 18, and Libertarian VP nominee Judge Jim Gray made a couple of stops in Dover on Sept. 18.  The Obama ticket achieved a plurality of 77,100 votes (18.63 percentage points).  Romney did carry Sussex County.
Obama  |  (Romney)
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 622,664.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 66.2%.

Registration: Dem. 280,401 (46.52%)  Rep. 181,791 (30.16%)  Others 140,601 (23.32%)

....Total 602,793





Official Results >


+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
255,446
(61.94)
McCain/Palin (Rep.)
152,373
(36.95)
Baldwin/Castle (Const.)
626
(0.15)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn.)
385 (0.09)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.PtyDE)
2,401
(0.58)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
1,109
(0.27)
Calero/Kennedy (SWP)
58
(0.01)
Total........412,398



2008 Overview
Having the home state Senator on the ticket provided a huge boost to Obama, who won with a plurality of 103,073 votes (24.99 percentage points).  McCain did carry Sussex County.  In terms of events, Biden spoke at the Delaware Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Dover on Oct. 13, and the Bidens did a Change We Need rally at the University of Delaware main campus in Newark on Oct. 31.  Note that Democrats' registration advantage increased from 10.95 percentage points for the 2004 general election to 13.03 points at the time of the Feb. 5, 2008 primary to 16.36 points in Nov. 2008.
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 584,817.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 64.2%.

Registration:
Dem. 242,727 (43.80%)  Rep. 182,045 (32.85%)  Others 129,422 (23.35%)   ...Total 554,194


Last day to register to be eligible to vote in the General Election: Oct. 13, 2004 at 4:30 p.m.
Official Results


+Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
199,904
(53.33)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.) 
171,553
(45.77)
Peroutka/Baldwin (Const.) 292 (0.08)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.)  250
(0.07)
Nader/Camejo (Ind.DE)
2,152
(0.57)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.)
585
(0.16)
Brown/Hebert (NLP)
100
(0.03)
Total........374,836
 

2004 Overview
Kerry-Edwards won Delaware with a plurality of 28,351 votes (7.56 percentage points).  Kerry prevailed in New Castle County, while Bush won in Sussex and Kent Counties.
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush-Cheney '04

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000

Voting Eligible Population*: 554,863.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 59.0%.

Registration: Dem. 214,515 (42.6%)   Rep. 171,447 (34.0%)   Others 117,710 (23.4%)  ...Total 503,672 


Official Results

+Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
180,068
 (54.96)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
137,288
(41.90)
Phillips/Frazier (Const.)
208
(0.06)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
8,307
(2.54)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
774
(0.24)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (NLP)
107
(0.03)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
777
 (0.24)
Write In
92
(0.03)
Total........327,621  

2000 Overview
Delaware was talked about as a battleground state, and the campaigns advertised and had staff in the state, but in the end the Gore-Lieberman ticket won with a comfortable plurality of 42,780 votes (13.06 percentage points).  In one of the most closely fought Senate races in the country, Gov. Thomas R. Carper (D) defeated incumbent Sen. William V. Roth Jr. (R), 55.5% to 43.7%.  In the gubernatorial race, Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D) won by a wide margin over John M. Burris (R) to keep the seat in Democratic hands.
General Election Activity

1992 and 1996 General Elections

1992
Clinton (Dem.)........126,054
(43.51)
Bush (Rep.)............102,313
(35.31)
Perot (Unaff.)............59,213
(20.44)
Others (2+w/ins).........2,155
(0.74)
Total........289,735

1996
Clinton (Dem.)........140,355
(51.82)
Dole (Rep.)..............99,062
(36.58)
Perot (Ind.)..............28,719
(10.60)
Others (3+w/ins)........2,709
(1.00)
Total........270,845

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