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Dems, GOP organizing for control of state Senate

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Delaware Public Media
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Anyone who thought election season in Delaware was over was sorely mistaken.

Democrats and Republicans are now fielding candidates to fill lieutenant governor-elect Bethany Hall-Long's state senate seat in the Middletown area.

 

With the GOP unseating Senate Pro Tem Patricia Blevins (D-Elsmere) last week, Hall-Long’s soon-to-be open chair will decide which party controls the senate. Democrats have held the majority there since the early ‘70s.

 

Neither party has chosen a candidate.

 

State Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) is the most talked about choice for the Dems, while John Marino, who lost to Hall-Long by about 250 votes in 2014, could resurface for Republicans.

 

A GOP email says a special committee will interview potential candidates and make a recommendation to the New Castle County party chair Rick Carroll.

 

Democrats haven’t announced their plans, but historically, their respective district committee vote on a nominee.

 

Hall-Long won’t step down until she’s inaugurated, with a special election not expected until February or March.