Delaware primary: Wilmington Mayor Purzycki wins second term; Julianne Murray will face Gov. Carney

Four years ago, Mike Purzycki won the Democratic primary for Wilmington mayor by fewer than 300 votes. This year was not nearly that close.

Purzycki took 43% of the vote to defeat city Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter who got 35%. Former Councilman Justen Wright came in third with 21%.

And while the mayor’s race may have been the closest watched in the city, the U.S Senate primary on the Democratic side got the most national attention.

Delaware’s Chris Coons is one step closer to securing his U.S. Senate seat, which the Democrat has held since 2010. It’s the seat once held by Joe Biden.

He won the election with more than 72% of the vote, against the progressive newcomer Jess Scarane, who promoted Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. Meanwhile, Coons called universal healthcare unrealistic to achieve in the near future, and instead vowed to support the Affordable Care Act.

Coons said he hopes those who voted for his opponent will vote for him in November and stay engaged and involved in politics.

“I respect the fact that there were folks who came out and voted tonight based on my opponent’s vision for a more progressive, inclusive, and sustainable Delaware,” he said. “While we may have different approaches to achieving those ends, the basic goals of increasing wages, improving the access to quality health care and tackling climate change are goals that I share.”

Scarane led her campaign with an aggressive phone banking initiative, and volunteers made calls to 600,000 voters, more than half of the state’s population.

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