DSCC names Heffron Chamber President

Former DSCC President Rich Heffron

(WDEL file)

Delaware's primary election is almost here, and a longtime observer of the state's political scene said it's shaping up to be an interesting one.

One thing to watch for is how many voters will participate, said former Delaware State Chamber of Commerce President Rich Heffron.

"Because the primary went from Saturday to Tuesday, and now this year, it's on a Thursday because there's a religious holiday on Tuesday, so I don't know how all that is going to affect turnout.  I don't think it'll be good for turnout," said Heffron.

Heffron added another interesting factor is the sheer number of candidates running for office, especially among the Democrats.

"There are 12 primaries for [state] House legislative seats, with 30 candidates.  On the Republican side, there are four [primaries], and there are six candidates, but I mean, that's a tremendous number of candidates, and then, obviously in the attorney general's race, there are several [Democrats running]," added Heffron.

Due to retirements, there are 14 statewide offices up for grabs this year, and for the first time since Mike Castle's failed U.S. Senate run against Christine O'Donnell, there are primaries for a Senate seat.

Heffron said he's not surprised by Senator Tom Carper's turn to the left; Carper is reacting to a similar swing by the Democrats, nationally.

Voters will go to the polls September 6, and polls statewide will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.