Democrat Stephanie Hansen defeated Republican John Marino and Libertarian Joseph Lanzendorfer, in a hotly contested race for Delaware's 10th District senate seat, Saturday.
Stephanie Hansen defeated Republican John Marino and Libertarian Joseph Lanzendorfer, in a hotly contested race for Delaware’s 10th District state senate seat on Saturday. The 10th District in southwestern New Castle County stretches from Middletown to Newark.
The win by Hansen ensures that Senate control will remain with her party, giving the Democrats a total of 11 senators to the Republicans’ 10.
Voter turnout was surprisingly high, with over 35 percent of the registered voters turning out for the big event.
Hansen garnered 58 percent of the vote, to Marino’s 40 percent. Lanzendorfer was largely ignored, scraping together a little over 1 percent of the vote.
Here are the vote totals:
Hansen -- 7,314
Marino -- 5,127
Lanzendorfer -- 139
More than $1,000,000 was put into getting Hansen into office. Her campaign received over $434,000 in donations, while a PAC called First State Strong spent over $664,000. The PAC ran video ads and mailers during on a nearly daily basis during the last couple weeks leading up to the election.
“More than 1,000 volunteers. Nearly 90,000 knocked doors. 60,000 phone calls. Donors from all 50 states, and thousands of them from here in Delaware, and boy did it pay off,” said Hansen, after her victory was confirmed. “I think anyone who thought grassroots campaigning was a thing of the past was proved wrong today.”
Hansen went on to say that this election signified that Delawareans, as a whole, took a stand against ‘the bullies’, as well as fear and division.
“What we accomplished together will have implications for our entire state and country,” Hansen said. “I think tonight they’re hearing us loud and clear in all corners of this country, and certainly in D.C. and in Dover.”
Senate President Pro Tempore David B. McBride congratulated Hansen on her victory, saying that she had won one of the most ‘extraordinary elections’ that the state of Delaware has ever seen.
“10th District voters sent a clear message that they want a Senator who will fight hard for families like their own,” McBride said. “This was a tough election, but I know that in the weeks and months ahead Republicans and Democrats will come together to put the people of our state ahead of any lingering partisan divide.”
The GOP did not share Hansen’s or McBride’s enthusiasm, but instead said the results of the election proved ‘just how politically bankrupt Delaware is.’
“Delaware Democrats, administratively, changed Delaware’s campaign finance laws in the middle of this campaign so that they could go on to raise $1 million to buy the 10th Senate District seat,” Charlie Copeland, Chairman of the Delaware Republicans said. “Delaware’s Democrats spent over $100 per vote in a District that they already had a 60-to-40 registration advantage. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat you should be outraged that this kind of unethical behavior occurred.”