I thought Markell would win with 62-65%, down from his 72% from 2008. He got 69%. Much better than expected. Lt. Governor Matt Denn did have a much closer race with Sher Valenzeula than Markell had with Cragg, winning 61%. I predicted high 50′s, so he did better than I expected, so that is something. Sher had some cross over appeal. I guess we might have to deal with her in the future. Denn v. Sher again in 16?
Senator Carper did much better than I expected and deluded documentarian Alex Pires did much much much worse. Carper won 66%. Pires 4%. If Pires was employed by Pires and wasted untold tens of thousands on 4% of the vote in a quixotic, insulting and assine campaign, Pires would fire Pires. The biggest little secret in all this is that Pires was not actually running to get elected Senator, but to film a documentary. The ultimate revenge on Pires and his poisoning of Delaware’s politics is to not watch it when it comes out next year.
Congressman Carney also won handily. Have we heard the last of Tom Kovach?
Karen Weldin Stewart won. I bumped into her last night, literally, after returning from the bathroom, which I escaped to when she took the stage to give her victory speech. I said “Excuse me” and got a blank stare back in return. Delaware Democrats deserve what they get with her. You are all responsible for what she does.
Tom Gordon also won. The only thing I have to say on that is newly defeated Tom Kovach should prepare himself to run in a special election to replace the newly indicted Tom Gordon sometime in early 2014. Democrats own his re-election too. Hopefully Gordon is seeking redemption and not revenge. If it is the latter, we are screwed and so is he.
Chris Bullock is the wild card. I voted for him, and am interested to see how he governs, and how he works with Gordon and the Council.