September 14th, 2010
05:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Delaware officials report good turnout

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Mike Castle and Christine O’Donnell are vying for the GOP nomination for Senate in Delaware."]Dover, Delaware (CNN) - Delaware election officials are reporting a better turnout than in some previous off-year primaries. There are just over 180,000 registered Republican voters in the entire state, and the primary is only open to them.

Of the three counties in the state, Sussex, which includes the southern part, says anecdotally it is seeing much higher turnout than normal in an off-year primary. This is the area where Christine O'Donnell has concentrated a lot of her efforts in her bid against Rep. Mike Castle.

"Excellent turnout" is how Kenneth McDowell, the county's elections director, put it to CNN. In many districts there are contested local contests as well helping to boost the number showing up at the polls, and in those areas McDowell expects turnout by the end of the day to be 40-45 percent.

New Castle, which includes Wilmington and is the largest county in the state, is seeing "a little higher" turnout than it has seen in previous off-year primary elections, according to Anthony Albence, New Castle's director of elections. He says it is not anywhere near record-breaking though.

In Kent County, which includes the middle of the state, officials say they are seeing moderate turnout. "It is not overwhelming," Joyce Wright, of Kent's office of elections, tells CNN.

Four years ago statewide 8 percent of GOP voters showed up for the primary, state elections commissioner Elaine Manlove told CNN. Her office was not making projections about turnout this year. In 2008 28% showed up to vote in a hotly contested governors primary.

There are 621,746 registered voters in the state – 292,738 (47 percent) are Democrat; 182,796 (29 percent) are Republican; and 146,212 (24 percent) are listed as other.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Mike Castle
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    Tune into CNN for all of the Blow by Blow news of the RepubliCAN'T races!!!

    Maybe this is good to keep the "BATTLE of the REPUBS" on top so America can witness first hand how ridiculous and EXTREME they are becoming!!

    September 14, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Discernment


    But by GOD, they did it! Christine O'Donnell. She can't even keep her lies straight.

    September 14, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. DIANA

    Come on Delaware, vote for this Palin wanna-be. This would guarantee that the state will stay blue. On the negative side – we'd have to hear from CNN how Palin scored another victory.

    September 14, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. duker1963

    Well I heard it a thousand times
    If the Illegals served in our military They should get the chance to be citizens
    Now Who is againt this?

    September 14, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    I hope and pray that Delaware voters are so stupid as to vote in a woman who can't manage her own funds and bills! Add to that, no experience in government, sarah pathetics (moron) endorsement and you have a real win come November for the Democrats!

    September 14, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Democrats want O'Donnell to win so we can win. She's a gift we need.

    September 14, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |