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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Green With Envy?
Politically speaking, it is probably more appropriate to say Delaware could leave Massachusetts blue with envy. Good-bye, Teddy Kennedy. Hello, Joe Biden.
The Democrats had 123,000 more voters than the Republicans did on Delaware’s registration rolls toward the end of 2013. This does not seem to bode an election as much as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The numbers gap has been rising and rising. Already it looks as though the Democrats will more than double their advantage over the 10 years between the 2004 and 2014 elections.
The last time the Republicans had a winning year was six elections ago in 2002, the one following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. They won three out of five statewide races by re-electing Mike Castle as congressman, Jane Brady as attorney general and Tom Wagner as auditor.
The Republicans still trailed the Democrats in registration back then, but it was only a gap of nine percentage points. Now it is 20 percentage points.
Along the way, there has been a Democratic surge with the party gobbling up elections so relentlessly that Wagner, the auditor, is the only Republican left standing among nine statewide officeholders.
Castle was taken out by his own kind, bewitched by Christine O’Donnell in the Senate primary of 2010, and Brady escaped into a judgeship to avoid a race against Beau Biden in 2006. Just think, Biden at that point was merely the son of a Democratic senator, not a Democratic vice president.