Republicans say state rallying cry will be ‘unity’

 

– GOP candidate for Governor of Delaware Colin Bonini celebrating his primary with with supporters Tuesday night.. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

– GOP candidate for Governor of Delaware Colin Bonini celebrating his primary with with supporters Tuesday night.. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

DOVER — Despite having few offices in contention for Tuesday’s primary dozens of Republicans turned out to watch the election results roll in at a party at Frazier’s in Dover, all rallying around the theme of “unity.”

“This is a good chance for our party to unify behind all our candidates,” U.S. House candidate Hans Reigle said after the results came in.

Mr. Reigle did not face a primary opponent but will compete against Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester for Congress in November.

“We all need people to work for us and votes to come in for us. With your help, we’ll all win in November,” he said.

The featured candidate of the evening was Sen. Colin Bonini, who defeated Lacey Lafferty to become the GOP’s nomine for governor.

George Parish,  candidate for Insurance Commissioner, celebrating his primary victory at Frazer's restaurant in Dover. Special To the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

George Parish, candidate for Insurance Commissioner, celebrating his primary victory at Frazer’s restaurant in Dover. Special To the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

After a chant of “Colin, Colin, Colin,” died out, Mr. Bonini said change is in the air.

“Republicans are the underdogs in Delaware, but by coming together and moving forward with a united vision I think people will be surprised what we can achieve this November,” he said

Mr Bonini, like most candidates, spent most of his time Tuesday at polling places around the state talking to voters and doing lots of hand shaking.

“I went to six locations and the turnout seemed to be very light,” Mr. Reigle said.

He spent most his time in southern New Castle, Kent and northern Sussex. “This is an uphill battle but by working together we can do it,” he added.

La Mar Gunn, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, visited polling locations mainly in Wilmington Tuesday despite running unopposed.

From left:  Becky Donahue, of Smyrna, Eric Buckson, Dover, Ellis Cataldi, of Felton and Janet Foltz, also of Dover, looking at primary results coming in Tuesday night.  Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

From left: Becky Donahue, of Smyrna, Eric Buckson, Dover, Ellis Cataldi, of Felton and Janet Foltz, also of Dover, looking at primary results coming in Tuesday night. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

“After speaking to so many people in the City of Wilmington today, one thing became very clear — people are sick and tired of being sick and tired,” he said. “We may be outnumbered by Democrats, but people are through with that. They will vote for candidates instead of political parties to change what is happening in our state. I have promised people that the Republican Party will be the party of unity.”

Mr. Gunn emphasized the importance of getting out the vote in areas Republicans haven’t won in decades and campaigning to demographics which are typically overlooked.

Republican Party Chairman Charlie Copeland said the top of the ticket is bound to help all of Delaware’s Republican candidates.

“We have a great opportunity this year because Donald Trump is going to bring out a lot of excited voters his opponent doesn’t have,” he said. “These voters are going to help us from the top all the way down the ballot.”

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