Delaware: Tea Party Push Energizes Democrats

by William W. Bowser, Young Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Delaware voters soundly rejected the candidacy of Christine (“I am not a witch”) O’Donnell. Indeed, her campaign clearly energized the state’s democratic base, sweeping into office her opponent Chris Coons and Democratic candidates all the way down the ticket. This “blue wave” also enabled former Lt. Governor John Carney to win the race for Delaware’s sole U.S. House seat, formerly held by moderate Republican Mike Castle. Carney’s win represented a rare Democratic pickup in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrats remained in firm control of both houses of the Delaware General Assembly.

William W. Bowser is editor of Delaware Employment Law Letter and a partner with Young Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, in Wilmington. He can be reached at (302) 571-6601.