Obama wins Delaware, Carper, Markell re-elected

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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Evan Moser, 19, a first-time voter, is registered as an independent but pulled the lever for Obama and a straight Democratic ticket.

"I don't like Mitt Romney," he said. "I looked at all the commercials. I read everything I could read about him and I just don't like him. I didn't like what he had to offer."

In the gubernatorial race, Markell touted his record in attracting and retaining jobs in Delaware, including helping a company buy and restart the idled oil refinery in Delaware City. Markell also boasted of his administration's education reform record, including being one of the first two states to win federal Race to the Top funding

But Cragg pointed out that tens of thousands of Delawareans are still unemployed, and he criticized Markell for gambling millions of taxpayer dollars trying to lure electric car maker Fisker Automotive and fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy to Delaware.

Carper wants to use his third term to continue fighting government waste and inefficiency, work on implementing a deficit reduction plan, revising the tax code to bolster economic activity, and working to make the health care system more efficient.

Carney boasted during the campaign about his ability to work with Republicans, including co-sponsoring three bills passed by Congress. He also formed a bipartisan breakfast club with a Republican lawmaker from Ohio. But Kovach, the outgoing New Castle County president, said Carney almost always votes with fellow Democrats, and that he would do a better job at forging bipartisan relationships. He argued that Delawareans needed balance in their congressional delegation, which for the first time in some 70 years has all three members from the same party.