Delaware’s DNA is heavily Democratic
Predictions show that Democrats will more than double their advantage over the 10 years between the 2004 and 2014 elections
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Only Wagner has been grandfathered into statewide office, for reasons best known to the voters themselves.
It was a good thing, too. Wagner’s last Democratic opponent in 2010 was Richard Korn, a serial candidate running for his third office, and since then Korn has had to fight charges of dealing in kiddie porn and also sued his own mother, a 93-year-old widow, for money. Somehow the voters seem to have a sixth sense about this sort of stuff.
The Democrats are flush with Jack Markell and Matt Denn as the governor and lieutenant governor, Tom Carper and Chris Coons as the senators, John Carney as the congressman, Beau Biden as the attorney general and really, whoever it was who managed to win the Democratic primaries for treasurer and insurance commissioner. Down that far on the ballot, the votes get automatic.
Not that it should be a surprise how the parties are faring here. The whole Northeast is going that way, Chris Christie in New Jersey notwithstanding.
Besides, Delaware essentially likes its politics moderate. The Republicans had very good years here when the Democrats were running Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis for president, not so good now that the Tea Party is around.
“Moderate Republicans, a disappearing breed throughout the Northeast, had to find a new home, and Republican-leaning independents are likely to have been distressed, as well,” says Pika. “Delaware Democrats have benefited handsomely. The hard-line position so prominent among Republican members of the House of Representatives is likely to reinforce this trend in Delaware.”
The problem for the Republicans here is that losing begets losing. It is a vicious downward spiral. A party out of power has trouble raising the money, building the organization and recruiting the candidates it needs to get into power.