Rochester wins primary
On Tuesday, voters across the state of Delaware traveled to their local polls to vote in the primary races. The race to be the democratic nominee to be the next US Congressman from Delaware was especially brutal.
Six candidates ran in the Democratic primary. They were Lisa Blunt Rochester, Bryan Townsend, Sean Barney, Michael Miller, Scott Walker and Elias Weir. Bryan Townsend, a sitting state senator, was the only candidate ever to hold elected office in Delaware.
Lisa Blunt Rochester, the state’s former Secretary of Labor, won the primary with 44 percent of the vote, amassing 27,919 total ballots. Bryan Townsend, current state senator for the 11th district, ended the night with 15,847 votes, or 25 percent. Sean Barney, Iraq War veteran, came in third with 20 percent of the vote, totalling 12,891 ballots.
Michael Miller and Scott Walker received approximately 5 percent of the vote apiece, while Elias Weir garnered fewer than 1 percent of the total votes cast. All vote totals were reported by The News Journal.
Bryan Townsend lost the election but remained excited for Delaware’s future.
“I’m excited for Lisa, for her supporters and for Delaware, a state that has embraced the kind of diversity that is important in politics,” Townsend told The News Journal.
In the wake of his primary loss, Sean Barney announced that he would assist in electing his former rival.
“I am confident that Lisa will represent Delaware well in Congress and I look forward to helping elect her this fall,” he announced in a statement, as reported by The News Journal.
As of this month, the Department of Elections reports that there are 318,991 registered Democrats, 188,491 registered Republicans and 153,611 unaffiliated voters in the state. Fifteen other parties have several hundred registered voters each.
The totals skew in favor of the Democratic party, meaning Democratic nominees such as Lisa Blunt Rochester are the heavy favorite in statewide races. She faces Republican nominee Hans Reigle, Libertarian nominee Scott Gesty and Green Party nominee Mark Joseph Perri in the general election.
Delaware has never before elected an African-American congressman before, nor has the state ever elected a woman to Congress. Should Rochester proceed to win the general election on Nov. 8, she will make history not once, but twice as the first African-American woman from the first state.