Lydia York wins Delaware Democratic primary for state auditor

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Political newcomer Lydia York won Delaware’s Democratic primary for state auditor on Tuesday against embattled incumbent Kathy McGuiness, who is awaiting sentencing on criminal bribery charges.

York, a Democratic-backed attorney in the state, had both outshot and overtaken McGuiness during the campaign. York was previously one of three Democratic presidential voters in Delaware in 2016. She will now face Republican Janice Lorrah, also a political newcomer, in the November general election.

York said voters opted for “competence, clarity and leadership” but acknowledged McGuiness’ legal troubles played a significant role in the campaign.

“It had to, because it was historic for the state of Delaware,” she said. “I think voters felt a certain way about it.”

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS IN DELAWARE TO DECIDE IF STATE AUDITOR DESERVES A CHANCE AT RE-ELECTION IN NOVEMBER

McGuiness is the first statewide elected official in Delaware history to be convicted of criminal charges while in office. She is awaiting sentencing for misdemeanor conflict of interest and official misconduct – charges stemming from her daughter’s hiring as a part-time employee at the auditor’s office.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at the Delaware Air National Guard Base on September 13, 2022 to travel to Wilmington, Delaware.
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McGuiness said she plans to call York to congratulate her on her victory

“I was a civil servant long before I was a state auditor, and I’m really not going anywhere anytime soon,” McGuiness said, adding, “It’s not something where I’m sad or my heart is sore, because I know how hard I worked and the effort that went into it.”

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A jury found McGuiness guilty of the misdemeanors in July, but acquitted her of charges of theft and intimidation of witnesses. The judge later overturned the conviction for pimping.

McGuiness had rejected repeated calls from several elected Democrats and party officials to step down, both after his indictment last October and again his conviction. A state Senate resolution to have her removed from office failed when House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, a longtime McGuiness ally, refused to accept it.

“McGuiness is in legal trouble… Sounds pretty bad,” said Melanie Eleuterio, 69, a retired school psychologist from Magnolia who voted for York.

Campaign finance reports show York raised and spent more money than McGuiness in his main contest. As of September 5, York said it had raised $62,415 and spent $62,095.26 since forming a campaign committee in late May, while McGuiness said it had raised $33,770 since January and spent $43,574.19. .

In a surprise visit, President Joe Biden traveled to Delaware on Tuesday to vote in his home state, though he could have voted by mail or mail like thousands of other Delawares. Nearly 12,000 mail-in and mail-in ballots had been returned by Tuesday afternoon, and more than 4,800 people took advantage of in-person early voting under a law that took effect this year.

Overall, about 71,000 votes were cast in Tuesday’s primary, representing about 12% of the electorate. All 362,000 registered Democrats in Delaware were eligible to vote, but all 209,350 registered Republicans were unable to vote because there was no statewide GOP contest.

In legislative races, Republican Senator Colin Bonini finished last in a three-way primary in Senate District 16 and will give up the Dover-area seat he has held for 28 years. Kent Levy Court County Commissioner Eric Buckson led the GOP primary with more votes than the combined total of Bonini and runner-up Kim Petters.

Leipsic’s Kyra Hoffner was leading a five-way Democratic primary in state Senate District 14, where Smyrna’s Bruce Ennis is retiring after 40 years in the legislature. Ennis has been the only Democratic conservative voice in the state Senate for years.

In the State House races, six Democratic incumbents took on the main challengers, with Representative Nnamdi Chukwuocha of Wilmington holding a slight lead over his opponent hours after the polls closed, and Majority Whip John Mitchell of Elsmere trailing narrowly in his race.

Kerri Evelyn Harris, who made a failed bid to oust US Senator Tom Carper in 2018, easily won a four-way Democratic primary for the Dover seat left open by retired State Rep. Andria Bennett.

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS IN DELAWARE TO DECIDE IF STATE AUDITOR DESERVES A CHANCE AT RE-ELECTION IN NOVEMBER

Rep. Bryan Shupe of Milford was the only House Republican to face a primary challenge and easily defeated newcomer Patrick Smith.

Regardless of Tuesday’s results, there is little danger that Democrats will lose control of the House or Senate in November.

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