Delaware Democratic Senator Thomas R. Carper’s decision to retire could lead to two statewide elections in Brugen next year, one to replace him, and possibly another. The first is the state’s only congressional seat election.
Carper endorsed Democrat Lisa Brandt Rochester, who has expressed interest in a Senate seat but has not officially announced it. At her retirement announcement Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, Carper discussed her seat with former House intern Brant Rochester, she said.
“I said, ‘You’ve been patiently waiting for me to get out of the way, and I’m going to get out of the way…and I hope you get out.’ I would appreciate it if you could support me.” Then she said, “Yes, I will support you.” And I will,” Carper said.
If elected, Brant Rochester will become the first female and first black Senator from Delaware. She could become just the third black woman ever elected to the Senate, but California and Maryland could also send Rep. Barbara Lee and Prince George County Executive Angela Oldsbrooks, respectively. have a nature.
Delaware’s only congressman, Brant Rochester, was first elected in 2016 and hasn’t faced a highly competitive Democratic primary since. He was re-elected in 2022 by 12.5 points. A member of the Energy and Commerce Commission, she has promoted legislation related to healthcare and workforce modernization.