Who Will Run For Bethany Hall-Long’s Senate Seat?

And you thought election season was over? HA!  Not in Delaware!  I know, many are suffering from Trump fatigue and depression.  But now that Bethany Hall-Long is the new Delaware Lieutenant Governor, there will be a special election in 2017 for her Senate seat in the 10th District.  With ten Republicans and ten Democrats, expect a lot of attention on this race.  The winner of this race determines party control of the Delaware Senate.  I know of a few possible contenders, although none have “officially” thrown their hat in the ring.

DEMOCRATS

State Rep. Earl Jaques: I see him as a top contender.  So much so that I asked him about it yesterday at a meeting at the Delaware Dept. of Education.  He didn’t rule it out, but he said it is something he and his wife are currently discussing.  Odds: 2-1

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State Rep. Quinn Johnson: He and Bethany are very tight.  He lives in the district.  But he is also well-ensconced in the House.  Odds: 4-1

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New Castle County Clerk of the Peace Ken Boulden: This could be a viable option if the state wants to save money.  If Jaques or Johnson won, there would have to be another special election for their State Rep. Seat should they win.  If Boulden won, it would save Delaware taxpayers from shelling out more money in what will be a very tight budget year.  And I hear there is interest!  Odds: 5-1

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Dana Long: Would Bethany’s husband run for the Senate?  I don’t think he could steal this election!  Odds: Infinity-1

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REPUBLICANS

John Marino: He ran for Bethany’s Senate seat in 2014 and lost.  But it was a VERY close race, with Hall-Long getting 51% of the vote and Marino getting 49%.  I can easily picture him making another run. Odds: 2-1

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Matt Brown: He ran against Quinn Johnson in 2012.  Would he be willing to run for another race?  Odds 20-1

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THE TWITTER PARTY

Precious Little: She made a name for herself in Delaware one September day in 2014.  Does she live in the district?  No, she lives in Estonia. But who cares!  This is Delaware where no one keeps track of that kind of silly stuff!  Odds: 3,000-1

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