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Delaware Governor

Candidates

Bill Lee

Bill Lee (R)

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Jack Markell

Jack Markell (D)

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleLee (R)Markell (D)Spread
SurveyUSA10/27 - 10/28657 LV2762Markell +35
Rasmussen10/10 - 10/10500 LV3462Markell +28
West Chester Univ.10/6 - 10/8429 LV3061Markell +31
Fairleigh Dickinson9/17 - 9/21601 LV2761Markell +34

Race Summary

With Republicans unable to recruit a top-tier candidate, the winner of the September 9 Democratic primary appears likely to win the governorship in November.

That person is State Treas. Jack Markell (D), who defeated Lt. Gov. John Carney (D) in the Democratic primary 51%-49%. The two had been campaigning against each other since June 2007, when Markell decided to run despite calls for deference to Carney, who has served two terms as lieutenant governor under term-limited Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D). Party leaders asked Markell to run for lieutenant governor instead.

The top GOP recruit, Alan Levin, the former CEO of Happy Harry's drug store chain, dropped his bid in January. The GOP nominee is Retired Superior Court Judge Bill Lee (R), who defeated perennial candidate Mike Protack (R) with 72% of the vote in the GOP primary.

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 864,764 
Registered Voters: Dem 45.5% | Rep 31.0% | Other 23.5%
Occupation: Blue Collar 22.0% | White Collar 62.9% | Gray Collar 15.1%
Race: White 72.5% | Black 18.9 % | Hispanic 4.8% | Asian 2.1%

Previous Election Results

Governor
2004: Minner 51, Lee, 46
2000: Minner 59, Burris 40

President
2004: Kerry 53, Bush 46
2000: Gore 55, Bush 42
1996: Clinton 52, Dole 37