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Photos: In the top photo, voters line up outside the gymnasium at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View. In the bottom photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ruth Ann Minner greets a supporter.
SUSSEX COUNTY -- With results starting to come in from the Delaware Department of Elections, incumbents were enjoying strong support on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000.
In a mild surprise, Thomas R. Carper unseated long-time incumbent Bill Roth. With all 403 districts reporting, Carper had 55.5 percent of the vote to Roth's 43.7 percent. The networks used exit polling data to make their projections.
In other state-wide results:
Locally, incumbent George Bunting defeated Republican Gerald Hocker in the 20th State Senatorial District, 56.2 percent to 43.8 percent, with all 15 districts reporting.
In the Sussex County Council Third Councilman District race, incumbent Lynn Rogers defeated challenger Dave Wilson 56.1 percent to 43.9 percent with all 9 districts reporting.
In state House of Representatives races, the following results were in:
As for the turnout, a drive around Sussex County on Tuesday indicated that turnout for this year's general election was heavy in Sussex County. Statewide, 63 percent of registered voters actually voted.
This season's campaigning offered extremes from the gentlemanly race between incumbent Democrat George Bunting and challenger Gerald Hocker in the 20th District Senate race to the rancorous battle waged for the 41st District state House of Representatives seat between incumbent Democrat Charlie West and Republican challenger Scott Evans and their supporters.
The main issue in the Evans-West campaign centered on Rep. West's no vote on House Bill 211 in 1997. That bill would have banned partial birth abortions in the state. West insisted that he voted no because he felt the bill was unconstitutional and would be a waste of taxpayer money, but Evans' camp countered that West voted against the measure when 34 of 36 representatives voted for it.
The accusations flew between the two sides on Internet forums, with Evans' supporters continuing to say that West's vote amounted to a yes vote to permit partial birth abortions and West supporters accusing Evans of being a puppet of Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips.
Both men said on Tuesday that they wished the campaign hadn't turned so nasty but neither backed down from his position.
In the U.S. Senate race between five-time incumbent Bill Roth and two-term Delaware Governor Tom Carper, the Democratic National Committee funneled $4 million into the state to unseat Roth, a powerful member of the U.S. Senate and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
The governor's race between Democratic candidate Ruth Ann Minner and Republican candidate John M. Burris was of particular pride to Milford area residents and Sussex Countians since it ensured that the governor was from Sussex County.
Minner voted at 7 a.m. at Milford High School and greeted voters and was later campaigning at Seaford High School. Burris voted at Rehoboth Elementary School as he criss-crossed the state in the Burris campaign bus with his family.
Candidates interviewed cited education, growth and transportation as their constituents' major concerns.
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