For those who don’t know, I always work as poll worker for the Department of Elections on Election Days, running voting for the 1st of the 13th, roughly covering the area around Oak Hill and Willow Run in Elsmere.
Quote of the Day from an election worker:
“Paul, did you get called a geek a lot when you were a kid?”
(Response: “Are you kidding? I still get called a geek.”)
From a voter:
To her young daughter as they were entering the booth: “If you touch anything, I’m leaving you here!”
(The election worker who heard that had to run across the room to keep from laughing out loud.)
As far as the results go:
I was surprised by the Markell victory. I figured the union support and strong ground organization that Carney seemed to have (at least I saw it in the City) would carry the day. It’s also a shame for Bill Lee, as I thought Carney would be the weaker opponent in November for him. An interesting item: Apparently a lot of Republicans switched their registration in order to vote for Markell. Including some people you’ve heard of. Those stories in the News-Journal about the massive gains in Democratic registration may have been less a sign of Democrat strength and more a sign of Markell’s strength.
The first signs I had that Carney might be in trouble was at my polling place where Markell had a challenger and greeters present while Carney had neither, even though it’s a fairly blue-collar traditional district. (Hillary carried it in February, despite her loss in the state.) I had expected Carney to carry my district fairly easily given that profile, but it was actually a dead tie at the polling place. The unofficial results show that Carney carried the district once absentee ballots, which are counted at the Department of Election’s county office, were included in the total, but the narrowness of that victory showed greater Markell strength than I expected.
Other than that, the elections seemed to turn out the way I would have hoped, at least in the races I care about:
Republican 4th Senate: I was glad to see John Clatworthy win. He’s a good guy with the right values. It was rough to see him running against Mike Fleming, who that description also fits. I just have a better relationship with John, so I was pulling for him. Hopefully, Mike will find an opportunity to seek another office in the near future.
Democrat County Executive: Glad to see Gordon go down. We did not need him back in office.
Democrat County Council President: I was disappointed to see Clark win again. Too many ethical clouds around him.
Mayor of Wilmington: I was glad to see Baker win. He’s earned another term. He needs to focus on crime this term; that’s been the weakest part of his performance. It’ll also be interesting to see what he does knowing he’ll never have to face the voters again. If you thought he was blind to public opinion before, you probably haven’t seen anything yet!
City Council President: The best choice won.
8th District City Council: I was glad to see Martelli pull this off. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him from all types of people. And Hay clearly wasn’t a fit for the district, either in his background or temperament.
The best news though: this will all be over in two months, as long as the Democrats don’t drag a lot of elections into the courts because they don’t like the results again.