Sussex County Delaware

Carper Wins
U.S. Senate Race

U.S. Senate Race ...

Governor Unseats 5-Term
Incumbent by 12 Percent

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William V. Roth

William V. Roth
142,683 Votes
43.7 Percent

Thomas R. Carper

Thomas R. Carper
181,387 Votes
55.5 Percent

In a race that wasn't nearly as close as anticipated, two-time Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper unseated five-time incumbent William V. Roth in the race for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000.

Carper won 55.7 percent of the vote with a total count of 181,387. Roth won only 142,683 votes for 43.7 percent.

Mark E. Dankof of the Constitution Party received 1,041 votes, J. Burke Morrison of the Libertarian Party received 1,103 votes, and Robert Mattson of the Natural Law Party received 389 votes.

In his acceptance speech, Carper said, "Delaware is a model state for our country in so many ways. Ladies and gentlemen, what we started here we're going to take to Washington. We're going to take this show on the road. We're going to show them how it's done."

Carper campaigned on the future, saying a vote for him was a vote for Delaware families. He never questioned the 79-year-old Roth's age, but frequently attacked Roth's record on issues involving families and senior citizens, criticisms that Roth painted as blatant distortions.

It didn't help Roth that he collapsed twice during the campaign, including one fall in the middle of a television interview. Carper also outcampaigned Roth in the state, criss-crossing it regularly and criticizing Roth for not participating in debates. Roth participated in only one live debate.

Roth campaigned largely on his record in five terms in the Senate and on the power he wields for the state as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

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