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Websitehttp://governor.delaware.gov/
Established October 28, 1776
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedScottĀ³ August 09, 2008 04:20pm
DescriptionSummary
4 year term, Presidential even years
Term Limit: No one can serve more than two 4-year terms in a lifetime

Term commences on 3rd Tuesday in January following general election.

History
1776 State Constitution.
--From October 1776 to January 1793, the Governor had the title President of Delaware.
--The President was selected by a joint meeting of the Delaware General Assembly.
--The President had virtually no appointment powers and no legislative veto power; the
--position of President (also called Chief Magistrate) was almost ceremonial in nature,
--having very little real power. Term was for three years and could not be re-elected until
--3 years after the end of the previous term. There was no set term begin and end dates.

1792 State Constitution.
--Name officially changed to Governor and popularly elected with a set three-year term
--beginning and ending on the third Tuesday of January. Could not be re-elected until
--three years after the end of the previous term. Under this constitution, the Governor
--was given more power such as appointment abilities.

1831 State Constitution.
--Term was extended to four (4) years. Elected Governor was not eligible for reelection.

1897 State Constitution.
--Elected Governors eligible for re-election. Governor granted legislative veto power.

RACES [Show Primaries]
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Date Type Results
Nov 03, 2020 General Election
  Republican Primary Winner
0
0.00%
  Democratic Primary Winner
0
0.00%
Nov 08, 2016 General Election
 John C. Carney, Jr.
248,404
58.34%
 Colin R. J. Bonini
166,852
39.18%
 Andrew Richard Groff
5,951
1.40%
 Sean Louis Goward
4,577
1.07%
 Scott Walker (W)
14
0.00%
 Robert Nelson Franz III (W)
4
0.00%
 Campbell Smith (W)
4
0.00%
  Rachelle Lee Linney (W)
1
0.00%
Nov 06, 2012 General Election
 Jack Markell(I)
275,993
69.34%
 Jeff Cragg
113,793
28.59%
 Mark Andrew Perri
4,575
1.15%
 Jesse T. McVay
3,668
0.92%
 David C. Graham (W)
4
0.00%
Nov 04, 2008 General Election
 Jack Markell
266,861
67.52%
 William S. "Bill" Lee
126,662
32.05%
 Jeffrey "Jeff" Brown
1,681
0.43%
Nov 02, 2004 General Election
 Ruth Ann Minner(I)
185,687
50.87%
 William S. "Bill" Lee
167,115
45.78%
 Frank Infante
12,206
3.34%
Nov 07, 2000 General Election
 Ruth Ann Minner
191,695
59.24%
 John M. Burris
128,603
39.75%
 Floyd E. McDowell, Sr.
3,271
1.01%
Nov 07, 2000 Appointment
 Ruth Ann Minner
1
100.00%
Nov 05, 1996 General Election
 Thomas R. Carper(I)
188,300
69.50%
 Janet Rzewnicki
82,654
30.50%
Nov 03, 1992 General Election
 Thomas R. Carper
179,365
64.76%
 B. Gary Scott
90,725
32.75%
 Floyd E. McDowell, Sr.
3,779
1.36%
 Richard A. Cohen
3,115
1.12%
Nov 03, 1992 Appointment
 Dale E. Wolf
1
100.00%
Nov 08, 1988 General Election
 Mike Castle(I)
169,733
70.73%
 Jacob Kreshtool
70,236
29.27%
Nov 06, 1984 General Election
 Mike Castle
132,250
54.97%
 William J. Quillen
108,315
45.03%
Nov 04, 1980 General Election
 Pierre S. "Pete" du Pont, IV(I)
159,004
70.66%
 William J. Gordy
64,217
28.54%
 Lawrence Levy
1,815
0.81%
Nov 02, 1976 General Election
 Pierre S. "Pete" du Pont, IV
130,531
56.86%
 Sherman W. Tribbitt(I)
97,480
42.46%
 George Cripps
1,255
0.55%
 Harry Connor
297
0.13%
Nov 07, 1972 General Election
 Sherman W. Tribbitt
117,274
51.27%
 Russell W. Peterson(I)
109,583
47.91%
 Virginia M. Lyndall
1,468
0.64%
 Harry H. Conner
397
0.17%
Nov 05, 1968 General Election
 Russell W. Peterson
104,474
50.51%
 Charles L. Terry, Jr.(I)
102,360
49.49%
Nov 03, 1964 General Election
 Charles L. Terry, Jr.
102,797
51.35%
 David P. Buckson
97,374
48.65%
Dec 30, 1960 Appointment
 David P. Buckson
1
100.00%
Nov 08, 1960 General Election
 Elbert N. Carvel
100,792
51.73%
 John W. Rollins
94,043
48.27%
Nov 06, 1956 General Election
 J. Caleb Boggs(I)
91,965
51.95%
 J.H.T. McConnell
85,047
48.05%
Nov 04, 1952 General Election
 J. Caleb Boggs
88,977
52.11%
 Elbert N. Carvel(I)
81,772
47.89%
Nov 02, 1948 General Election
 Elbert N. Carvel
75,339
53.69%
 Hyland P. George
64,996
46.31%
Nov 07, 1944 General Election
 Walter W. Bacon(I)
63,829
50.52%
 Isaac J. MacCollum
62,156
49.19%
 Thomas W. Jakes
370
0.29%
Nov 05, 1940 General Election
 Walter W. Bacon
70,629
52.38%
 Josiah Marvel, Jr.
61,237
45.41%
 Ivan Culbertson
2,975
2.21%
Nov 03, 1936 General Election
 Richard C. McMullen
65,437
51.57%
 Harry L. Cannon
52,782
41.60%
 Isaac Dolphus Short
8,400
6.62%
 Fred W. Whiteside
198
0.16%
 John T. Wladkoski
70
0.06%
Nov 08, 1932 General Election
 C. Douglass Buck(I)
60,903
54.23%
 Landreth L. Layton
50,401
44.88%
 Fred W. Whiteside
889
0.79%
 [FNU] Thomas
121
0.11%
Nov 06, 1928 General Election
 C. Douglass Buck
63,716
61.23%
 Charles M. Wharton
40,346
38.77%
Nov 04, 1924 General Election
 Robert P. Robinson
53,046
59.64%
 Joseph Bancroft
34,830
39.16%
 Frank A. Houck
641
0.72%
 Kenneth A. Horner
422
0.47%
Nov 02, 1920 General Election
 William Denney
51,895
55.23%
 Andrew J. Lynch
41,038
43.68%
 William H. Conner
1,024
1.09%
Nov 07, 1916 General Election
 John G. Townsend, Jr.
26,664
52.07%
 James H. Hughes
24,053
46.97%
 Frank A. Houck
490
0.96%
Nov 05, 1912 General Election
 Charles R. Miller
22,745
46.95%
 Thomas M. Monaghan
21,460
44.30%
 George B. Hynson
3,019
6.23%
 John Heyd
662
1.37%
 Norman L. Rearick
555
1.15%
Nov 03, 1908 General Election
 Simeon S. Pennewill
24,905
51.97%
 Rowland G. Paynter
22,794
47.56%
 Frank Smith
225
0.47%
Nov 08, 1904 General Election
 Preston Lea
22,532
51.40%
 Caleb S. Pennewill
19,780
45.13%
 Joseph H. Chandler
802
1.83%
 John R. Price
588
1.34%
 Gustave E. Reinicke
131
0.30%
Nov 06, 1900 General Election
 John Hunn
22,421
53.57%
 Peter J. Ford
18,808
44.93%
 Richard W. Cooper
574
1.37%
 Gustave E. Reinicke
54
0.13%
Nov 03, 1896 General Election
 Ebe W. Tunnell
15,507
44.14%
 John H. Hoffecker
11,014
31.35%
 John C. Higgins
7,154
20.36%
 Lewis Slaughter
855
2.43%
 Daniel M. Green
548
1.56%
  Others
57
0.16%
Apr 08, 1895 Appointment
 William T. Watson
1
100.00%
Nov 06, 1894 General Election
 Joshua H. Marvel
19,880
50.05%
 Ebe W. Tunnell
18,659
46.98%
 Thomas J. Perry
589
1.48%
Nov 04, 1890 General Election
 Robert J. Reynolds
17,801
50.58%
 Harry A. Richardson
17,258
49.03%
 William T. Kellum
135
0.38%
  Others
3
0.01%
Nov 02, 1886 General Election
 Benjamin T. Biggs
13,942
63.61%
 John H. Hoffecker
7,835
35.75%
 Joseph Pyle
141
0.64%
Nov 07, 1882 General Election
 Charles C. Stockley
16,558
53.11%
 Albert Curry
14,620
46.89%
Nov 05, 1878 General Election
 John W. Hall
10,730
79.10%
 K. Stewart
2,835
20.90%
Nov 03, 1874 General Election
 John P. Cochran
12,488
52.59%
 I. Jump
11,259
47.41%
Nov 08, 1870 General Election
 James Ponder
11,464
55.67%
 Thomas B. Coursey
9,130
44.33%
Nov 06, 1866 General Election
 Gove Saulsbury(I)
9,810
53.29%
 James Riddle
8,598
46.71%
Mar 01, 1865 Appointment
 Gove Saulsbury
1
100.00%
Nov 04, 1862 General Election
 William Cannon
8,155
50.34%
 Samuel Jefferson
8,044
49.66%
Nov 02, 1858 General Election
 William Burton
7,758
50.67%
 James S. Buckmaster
7,554
49.33%
Nov 07, 1854 General Election
 Peter F. Causey
6,941
52.64%
 William Burton
6,244
47.36%
Nov 05, 1850 General Election
 William H. Ross
6,001
48.26%
 Peter F. Causey
5,978
48.07%
 Thomas Lockwood
456
3.67%
Nov 03, 1846 Special Election
 William Tharp
6,148
50.56%
 Peter F. Causey
6,012
49.44%
May 01, 1846 Appointment
 William Temple
1
100.00%
Mar 02, 1846 Acting
 Joseph Maull
1
100.00%
Nov 05, 1844 General Election
 Thomas Stockton
6,140
50.18%
 William Tharp
6,095
49.82%
Nov 03, 1840 General Election
 William B. Cooper
5,850
53.79%
 Warren B. Jefferson
5,024
46.20%
  Scattering
1
0.01%
Nov 08, 1836 General Election
 Cornelius P. Comegys
4,693
52.32%
 Nehemiah Clark
4,276
47.67%
  Scattering
1
0.01%
May 09, 1836 Acting
 Charles Polk
1
100.00%
Nov 06, 1832 General Election
 Caleb P. Bennett
4,220
50.29%
 Arnold Naudain
4,166
49.65%
  Scattering
5
0.06%
Oct 06, 1829 General Election
 David Hazzard
4,215
51.00%
 Allan Thompson
4,046
48.95%
  Scattering
4
0.05%
Oct 03, 1826 General Election
 Charles Polk
4,333
50.55%
 David Hazzard
4,238
49.45%
Oct 07, 1823 Special Election
 Samuel Paynter
4,348
51.77%
 David Hazzard
4,051
48.23%
Jun 20, 1823 Acting
 Charles Thomas
1
100.00%
Oct 01, 1822 Special Election
 Joseph Haslet
3,784
50.15%
 James Booth
3,762
49.85%
Apr 15, 1822 Acting
 Caleb Rodney
1
100.00%
Oct 03, 1820 Special Election
 John Collins
3,970
53.00%
 Jesse Green
3,520
47.00%
Jan 20, 1820 Acting
 Jacob Stout
1
100.00%
Oct 05, 1819 General Election
 Henry Molleston
3,823
54.55%
 Mansen Bull
3,185
45.45%
Oct 01, 1816 General Election
 John Clark
4,008
53.26%
 Mansen Bull
3,517
46.74%
Oct 05, 1813 General Election
 Daniel Rodney
4,643
55.20%
 James Riddle
3,768
44.80%
Oct 02, 1810 General Election
 Joseph Haslet
3,664
50.49%
 Daniel Rodney
3,593
49.51%
Oct 06, 1807 General Election
 George Truitt
3,309
51.94%
 Joseph Haslet
3,062
48.06%
Oct 02, 1804 General Election
 Nathaniel Mitchell
4,391
52.02%
 Joseph Haslet
4,050
47.98%
Oct 06, 1801 General Election
 David Hall
3,475
50.13%
 Nathaniel Mitchell
3,457
49.87%
Mar 03, 1801 Acting
 James Sykes
1
100.00%
Oct 02, 1798 General Election
 Richard Bassett
2,490
52.50%
 David Hall
2,068
43.60%
 Barclay Townsend
185
3.90%
Sep 28, 1797 Acting
 Daniel Rogers
1
100.00%
Oct 06, 1795 General Election
 Gunning Bedford Sr.
2,352
52.34%
 Archibald Alexander
2,142
47.66%
Oct 02, 1792 General Election
 Joshua Clayton(I)
2,209
48.35%
 Thomas Montgomery
1,902
41.63%
 George Mitchell
458
10.02%
May 30, 1789 General Election
 Joshua Clayton
1
100.00%
Mar 29, 1789 Acting
 John "Jehu" Davis
1
100.00%
Oct 26, 1786 General Election
 Thomas Collins
30
100.00%
Feb 01, 1783 General Election
 Nicholas Van Dyke Sr.
18
60.00%
  Others
12
40.00%
 John McKinly
0
0.00%
Nov 04, 1782 Acting
 John Cook
1
100.00%
Nov 06, 1781 General Election
 John Dickinson
25
96.15%
  Reject
1
3.85%
Mar 31, 1778 General Election
 Caesar Rodney
20
83.33%
  Others
4
16.67%
Oct 20, 1777 Acting
 George Read Sr.
1
100.00%
Sep 22, 1777 Acting
 Thomas McKean
1
100.00%
Feb 12, 1777 General Election
 John McKinly
19
82.61%
  Others
4
17.39%
 Thomas McKean
0
0.00%

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