Updated: Nov. 5, 2002


An incumbent sweep, as expected


434 of 434 districts reporting -- 100 percent

U.S. Senate

Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democratic incumbent, 58.2 percent

Raymond J. Clatworthy, Republican, 40.8 percent

Biden coasted to a record six Senate terms, beating the same candidate he defeated six years ago. Clatworthy barely improved on the 38 percent he polled in 1996.

U.S. House of Representatives

Michael N. Castle, Republican incumbent, 72.1 percent

Micheal C. Miller Sr., Democrat, 26.7 percent

Castle topped his previous personal best of 71 percent, which he achieved twice. He claims the bragging rights among all statewide candidates.

State Attorney General

M. Jane Brady, Republican incumbent, 48.5 percent

Carl Schnee, Democrat, 45.5 percent

Vivian A. Houghton, Green Party, 6.0 percent

When is a victory not a victory? When a candidate like Brady, regarded as potential gubernatorial material, wins without getting a majority of the vote.

State Treasurer

Jack A. Markell, Democratic incumbent, 66.2 percent

Ronald G. Poliquin, Republican, 33.8 percent

With all those Biden-haters out there, Markell led the Democratic ticket, and he did it by running up a bigger percentage of the vote than John C. Carney Jr. did it as the candidate for lieutenant governor in 2000. Carney got 62 percent of the vote then. Markell is a man with a future.

State Auditor

R. Thomas Wagner Jr., Republican incumbent, 61.8 percent

Robert B. Wasserbach, Democrat, 38.2 percent

A predictable result in a largely colorless race.



Control of the chambers didn't change. Democrats retained the Senate majority by 13-8, the same as before. Republicans picked up three seats in the House of Representatives, increasing their margin to 29-12 from 26-15.

6th Senate, Newark-North Star

Liane M. Sorenson, Republican incumbent, 54.9 percent

Richard A. DiLiberto Jr., Democrat, 45.1 percent.

She’s the incumbent, she’s a woman, she works for the university, and she was running in Newark. Add in the Republican registration edge, and DiLiberto is out of the legislature. He was a representative until he lost his House seat in redistricting and tried to switch to the Senate.

 8th Senate, Pike Creek Valley

David P. Sokola, Democratic incumbent, 51.1 percent

Michael Ramone, Republican, 48.9 percent

It's a Republican district, so the party targeted Sokola, as usual, and it came up short, as usual.

14th Senate, Delaware City-Middletown-Little Creek

James T. Vaughn Sr., Democratic incumbent, 59.0 percent

Mark G. Schaeffer, Republican, 39.4 percent

Vaughn is the chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, but he’s 77. Schaeffer is the mayor of Smyrna, but he used to be one of those globe-trotting commissioners from the Delaware River & Bay Authority. Advantage Vaughn.

7th Representative, Brandywine Hundred

David D. Brady, Democratic incumbent, 47.0 percent

Wayne A. Smith, Republican incumbent, 52.1 percent

Smith, the House majority leader, took one for his caucus during redistricting, drawing the lines so he and Brady would be combined in one district. He held off Brady in one of the most fiercely contested legislative races. Republicans still win in Brandywine Hundred.

8th Representative, Middletown

Bethany A. Hall-Long, Democrat, 60.7 percent

William C. Hutchison, Republican, 39.3 percent

This is a new seat, created by redistricting. It leans Democratic in registration. Hall-Long, making her second bid for the legislature, parlayed it into a win.

14th Representative, Rehoboth Beach

Peter C. Schwartzkopf, Democrat, 53.1 percent

Michael A. Meoli, Republican, 46.1 percent

Another new seat. This one has a Republican edge in registration, but it also had a Republican primary. The result was a Democratic victory for Schwartzkopf, a rare bright spot for his party.

15th Representative, Red Lion

Valerie J. Longhurst, Democrat, 45.3 percent

Bruce C. Reynolds, Republican incumbent, 54.7 percent

Longhurst came out of nowhere to make Reynolds jumpy in a district with more Democrats than Republicans, but Reynolds kept his seat.

37th Representative, Lewes-Georgetown

John R. Schroeder, Democratic incumbent, 49.7 percent

Joseph W. Booth, Republican, 50.3 percent

Schroeder beat his last Republican opponent by 2-1, but he was running in a redrawn district against Georgetown’s ex-mayor. The registration was dead even between the two parties, and the Republicans capitalized on it and elected Booth.

38th Representative, Millville

Shirley A. Price, Democratic incumbent, 49.1 percent

Gerald W. Hocker, Republican, 49.8 percent

Price survived a run at her during redistricting to emerge with a district to call her own. Only one problem – it’s got more Republicans than Democrats in it. She couldn't survive the election, and it gave the Republicans a key pickup.

41st Representative District, Millsboro-Dagsboro

Donald L. Ward, Democrat, 39.4 percent

John C. Atkins, Republican, 59.8 percent

This race was supposed to be a slam-dunk for the Democrats. The party not only has a registration advantage but fielded a candidate who is a political pal of retiring Rep. Charles P. West, the Democratic legislator here since Jimmy Carter was president. It got more complicated after Ward was slammed as a developer, and he lost.