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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It is not Lost on Colin Bonini.
Colin Bonini, a Republican state senator who lives in the Camden-Wyoming area, ran for state treasurer in 2010 and came oh-so-close to winning with 49 percent of the vote. He would not mind trying again in 2014, but the worsening voter registration numbers are making a strong argument that maybe he ought to stick to the legislature.
“You can raise all the money you need, and you can do everything right, and you can still lose when the numbers get that bad,” Bonini says. “There are always things as a candidate that are completely out of your control, and the numbers are out of your control.”
Believe it or not, neither side likes the situation.
Obviously, that includes Charlie Copeland, the Republican state chair. “You keep plugging away. It is not good to have a one-party system. Competition is good,” he says.
Not so obviously, it also includes John Daniello, the Democratic state chair. “If the Republican Party keeps insisting on acting the way it is now, the Democrats are going to get better. Delaware is a microcosm of the country, and the registration numbers that we’re showing reflect what’s going on. It’s a shame. The system is built on two parties with legitimate dissent,” he says.
No doubt the Republicans are relieved to put 2013 behind them. Not only did they fall further behind with the electorate, they fell into political limbo when they had to replace their state chair. It was supposed to be John Sigler, but he stunned everyone, including himself, when he ran into job complications and had to resign. Two months later, Copeland was tapped to take over.
The Republicans could be excused if they came down with a case of triskaidekaphobia, the fear of ’13. Next up, tetraphobia? The fear of something with “4” in it, like the ’14 election year.