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Carney earns second term as Governor

Delaware Public Media

Gov. John Carney easily wins re-election over Republican Julianne Murray.

Carney won by over 100,000 votes to earn a second term, and lead a Democratic sweep of statewide races in the First State.

In a race that saw the response to the COVID-19 pandemic take center stage, Carney says his victory shows residents approved how the state has handled the virus.

"I think it's an affirmation for our approach to COVID-19, it's an affirmation for me sure as Governor but mostly for our team. Division of Public Health Secretary Dr. Walker, now Molly Magarik, Dr. Karyl Rattay and their teams in public health."

Carney adds because of the virus, he didn’t campaign the way he usually can, and he had to rely on his work and accomplishments during the first term.

"I frankly have not had the time that I normally would to invest in a campaign and politics and you just didn't have time to do that and so we had to allow our work to speak for us in this campaign."

Carney also notes being on a ticket with Delaware native Joe Biden at the top running for president was also a big help. 

Carney adds Delaware’s election results show the party is becoming more diverse, and now everyone has to pull together and govern. 


Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Lomng also earned a second term Tuesday.  The incumbent Democrat defeated her Republican challenger Donyale Hall with just over 59 percent of the vote.

And in the race for Insurance Commisioner, Democrat Trinidad Navarro also won re-election, also pulling in a littlemore than 59 percnet of the vote against Republican Dr. Julia Pillsbury.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.