Donations roll in for key special election

Stephanie Hansen

John Marino

DOVER — With less than a month to go before the 10th Senate District special election, both the Republican and Democratic candidates have raised more than $70,000.

Republican John Marino has raised $70,600 since entering the race Dec. 5, while Democrat Stephanie Hansen has pulled in $108,000 since Dec. 22, according to documents filed with the Department of Elections this week.

Mr. Marino had $49,900 on hand as of Thursday, and Ms. Hansen had $63,700 left to spend.

The Feb. 25 special election, expected to be the most expensive in state history, will determine control of the Senate. The chamber is currently knotted at 10-10, with one vacancy.

Democrat Bethany Hall-Long resigned her seat earlier this month to assume the office of lieutenant governor.

With so much at stake, heavy hitters are turning out to help. At least eight Senate Republicans donated to Mr. Marino, while at least eight Senate Democrats contributed to Ms. Hansen’s campaign. Other donors for Mr. Marino include former Gov. and U.S. Rep. Mike Castle and current Treasurer Ken Simpler, while Ms. Hansen has seen Gov. John Carney, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester provide financial support.

A debate will be held Wednesday at Middletown High School at 7.

The district, which covers portions of Newark and Middletown, contains about 16,100 Democrats and 10,100 Republicans, as well as 9,400 independents, according to registration numbers.

Democrats have held the Senate for the past 44 years and have controlled the Senate, the House and the governor’s office since 2008.

The race also features Libertarian candidate Joseph Lanzendorfer. Financial data for Mr. Lanzendorfer was not available Monday.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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