Delaware Elections

Hall-Long Announces for Governor

Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long joined the Democratic primary to succeed term-limited Gov. John Carney, making her the second major candidate in the contest after New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer entered the race earlier this year.

After spending more than a decade in the legislature, Hall-Long won a crowded primary for lieutenant governor in 2016. She then prevailed comfortably in the general election to serve alongside Carney, winning 59% of the vote. She was easily reelected in 2020, again winning 59% of the vote.

“As a nurse, mom, and proud Delawarean, I’m running for governor to make Delaware the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” Hall-Long said in a statement. “There’s work to do to improve access to health care, create good-paying jobs, protect our rights, and strengthen our education system – and I’m up for the challenge, because when you give a nurse a job, that job gets done.”

The question now facing Delaware politicos is whether this race between Meyer and Hall-Long resembles 2008, the last time an incumbent Lt. Governor faced a challenge from an New Castle County-based outsider (Lt. Governor Carney v. Treasurer Jack Markell), wherein the outsider won, or 2000, the last time an incumbent Lt. Governor succeeded a Governor (Lt. Governor Ruth Ann Minner was elected to succeed Governor Tom Carper). Since Minner did not face any primary opposition in her run for the top job, you would have to say this race may mirror 2008 more already.

According to her year-end 2022 campaign finance report, Hall-Long had more than $423,000 in her coffers, but Meyer’s campaign had already stockpiled more than $1 million in the same timeframe.

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