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Kathy Jennings is Democrats pick in Attorney General primary

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media
Kathy Jennings before giving a victory speech to supporters in Trolley Square

Kathy Jennings scored a convincing win in the Democratic primary for Attorney General.

Jennings finished with 57 percent of the vote in a four-way primary. She out-paced runner-up LaKresha Roberts by more than 28,000 votes.

Jennings says her stance on a number of issues resonated with voters.

“That we do need change in Delaware, that we need to reform the criminal justice system, that we do need to do a better job of helping people coming out of the system ... and reduce the recidivism rate,” she said.

She admits there was little daylight between her and the other Democrats running on those issues— and feels her experience set her apart.

“I’ve had a great deal of experience getting change to fruition— through the legislature and with other government agencies,” she said.

Jennings says she expects the Democratic Party will unite as it now pivots toward the general election.

“We are all Democrats,” she said. “And I’m very proud of the way this race was run, from everyone.”

She’ll will now face Republican  Bernard Pepukayi, a long time Democrat, in November’s general election.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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