Some historic firsts and surprising upsets in Delaware races

Anthony DelCollo

As the dust began to settle Election Day, there were some clear standout surprises and firsts for the First State.

The biggest upset of the night came in the state Senate, where Senate President Pro Tempore Patti Blevins of Elsmere was defeated by Republican Anthony DelCollo. He won by only 282 votes.

For Lt. Governor, Democrat Bethany Hall-Long defeated Republican La Mar Gunn, 59 percent to 40 percent.

"I'm excited to get to work with John Carney," Hall-Long said. "As we went from Brandywine to Blades, we heard those issues we touched on--healthcare, economy, academics."

Gunn said he believed--even though they didn't win--Republican candidates brought issues to light like the heroin epidemic and the loss of jobs--areas where Democrats have work to do.

"I think we exposed some things, and hopefully--and prayerfully--the people who did win will address the problems that we have, cause they aren't going anywhere."

Delaware made history more than once Tuesday, including by electing its first Hispanic-heritage candidate to statewide office.

Democrat Trinidad Navarro defeated Republican Jeff Cragg, 59 percent to 41 percent.

"When we started this campaign, we talked about: Why are we doing this? What are you going to do for people in Delaware?" Navarro said. "And I promise you, I will stand up to the big insurance companies and put an end to these outrageous rate increases."

Delawareans also made an historic vote to send

Lisa Blunt Rochester to the U.S. House--the first time Delaware has sent a woman and an African American to Capitol Hill.

In other state Senate races, incumbent Democrats Harris McDowell of Wilmington and David Sokola of Newark survived close challenges from upstart Republicans James Spadola and Meredith Chapman, respectively.

No incumbent state House members were defeated.

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