Delaware primary is just four days away

DOVER — Delaware’s primary election is just days away.

Democrats and Republicans will vote 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

If the primary seems to have snuck up quickly this time around, it is because it has.

Delaware law says the primary should be the second Tuesday after the first Monday in September, but that would have been Sept. 11 this year – conflicting with the final day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

In June 2016, lawmakers approved the date change with House Bill 337.

Statewide, voters from both parties, will be selecting candidates for U.S. Senate, the seat Tom Carper has held for four consecutive terms.

In today’s Delaware State News, political reporter Matt Bittle takes a close look at the Democratic primary between Sen. Carper and Kerri Harris, and the Republican primary between Robert Arlett and Eugene Truono Jr.

The other statewide races:

•Republicans running for U.S. Congress: Lee Murphy and Scott Walker. The winner will oppose Democratic incumbent Lisa Blunt-Rochester.

•Democrats running for Attorney General: Kathleen Jennings, Christopher Johnson, Timothy Mullaney, and Lakresha Roberts.

•Democrats for State Auditor: Kathleen Davies, Kathleen McGuiness and Dennis Williams.

Many of you have already been following the candidates and issues in our print edition, but if you need to catch up, you can find our coverage at delawarestatenews.net.

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We’re excited to let readers know we have two new sports newsletters.

Once a week, readers can get an email with a report on Delaware’s college football teams and another email with highlights and features on high school sports from around the Henlopen Conference. The email includes links to stories at delawarestatenews.net.

The fall sports season kicked off Thursday night with the Blue Hens taking on Rhode Island.

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As reported in the Thursday edition of the Delaware State News, the newspaper industry received good news with the International Trade Commission’s decision to nullify tarriffs on newsprint from Canada. Two weeks ago, this column explained the strain it was creating for newspaper across the country.

The Delaware delegation — U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester — sent a letter Aug. 23 to ITC Chairman David S. Johanson, asking that the commission consider the long-term consequences of the tariff.

“We support the Commission’s efforts to fight illegal trade practices and guarantee a level playing field with clear and fair rules for trade,” the letter said. “However, we are concerned that imposing tariffs on uncoated groundwood paper imported from Canada will have long-term, negative consequences for domestic print newspapers and consumers. Since 2000, the demand for newsprint in North America has declined by 75 percent, and many U.S. mills have either closed or converted to producing other paper products. As a result, Canada produces nearly 60 percent of all newsprint. Domestic newspaper companies and printers cannot absorb the estimated 30 percent increase in cost due to newsprint tariffs, resulting in higher prices for readers and advertisers. Ultimately, if made permanent, these tariffs will only accelerate the current trend of job losses in the printing and publishing industry for communities across the country.”

Reach editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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