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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Rep. Bryon Short has dropped out of the crowded race for Delaware's lone congressional seat, citing fundraising problems.

The Highland Woods Democrat released a statement Monday saying he couldn't keep up with the fundraising demands to replace U.S. Congressman John Carney, a Democrat running for governor, ahead of September's primary.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware Democrat Chris Coons has been re-elected to the U.S. Senate, beating back a challenge from Republican businessman Kevin Wade by a vote of 55 percent to 42 percent.

This year's Senate race in Delaware was a foregone conclusion for many political observers and did not figure into the national battle between Democrats and Republicans for control of the Senate.

Voters Go to the Polls

Nov 4, 2014
Don Rush

Voters are going to the polls across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore Republicans are making efforts to unseat Democratic incumbents.

Delegate Norm Conway is being challenged by Republican Carl Anderton while State Senator Jim Mathias is facing off against Republican Delegate Mike McDermott.

In Wicomico County Republican Bob Culver is taking a shot at County Executive Rick Pollitt.

Meanwhile, in Maryland’s First Congressional District incumbent Republican Andy Harris faces a challenge by Bill Tilghman.

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The race for state treasurer in Delaware has just gotten personal.

An aide to the Democratic candidates Sean Barney said that his Republican rival Ken Simpler lacks “the character and the qualifications to do the job.”

It is just the latest salvo in a campaign that saw Barney replace outgoing state Treasurer Chip Flowers who decided not to seek reelection.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Drew Wilson, Barney’s campaign manager, made the comment in an email after Barney’s campaign accused Simpler of attacking and demeaning the Democrat’s military record.

Sean Barney Files Campaign Finance Report

Sep 24, 2014

DOVER, De. (AP) – Democratic state treasurer candidate Sean Barney has filed a campaign finance report for the primary election cycle that ended earlier this month.

Barney on Tuesday reported raising about $10,700 in the here weeks ending Sept. 1, while spending about $13,500. Republican Ken simpler earlier reported raising about $14,600 while spending more than $122,000.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican Ken Simpler has spent more than $120,000 in the past three weeks in advance of the GOP primary for state treasurer.

Simpler on Wednesday reported raising about $14,600 in the three weeks ending Sept. 1, while spending more than $122,000, mostly on media buys and advertising.

Simpler, a chief financial officer for a Delaware-based hotel management company who previously oversaw a billion-dollar portfolio as a hedge fund executive, faces businesswoman Sher Valenzuela in the Sept. 9 primary.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two weeks after tearfully announcing that he was ending his re-election campaign, state treasurer Chip Flowers is officially out of the race.

Elections commissioner Elaine Manlove said Flowers called her Thursday afternoon and said his withdrawal, which was set to take effect at 4 p.m., would stand.

The decision ends any speculation that Flowers, who has had a rocky relationship with the Democratic Party establishment and was the subject of a recent harassment complaint by his former deputy treasurer, might change his mind and stay in the race.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Democratic Party leaders have declined to make an endorsement in the Democratic primary for state treasurer.

Party officials said in a statement Tuesday that the executive committee failed to reach a consensus on whether to endorse incumbent Chip Flowers or challenger Sean Barney.

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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers is expected to get a challenge from Governor Jack Markell’s policy director.

Sean Barney officially jumped into the race against the embattle official who saw the governor sign into law last week a measure that gives power over the state’s $2 billion cash portfolio to an appointed board instead of Flowers.

Barney told WDEL that he wants to restore integrity to the office.

And Markell issued a statement calling Barney a valuable member and respects his decision to run but added he will not endorse anyone in the primary.