Meet the Candidates: Winners of the Congressionals Primaries in Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

-- by Congresspedia assistant editor Avelino Maestas

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Our wrap-up of Tuesday's primary elections is pretty hefty, so we've split it into three parts; you can find results from Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont in this post. Remember, we have a full list of candidates after the break, including job info for all the challengers. You can find midwestern candidates at the Minnesota and Wisconsin portals and at the midwestern wrap up, and mid-Atlantic candidates at the District of Columbia and New York portals and at the mid-Atlantic wrap up.


Sen. Joe Biden was unopposed in the Democratic primary. He's expected to easily be re-elected this November over challenger Christine O'Donnell. However, should he be elected Vice-President, an interim replacement would be named by the governor until a special election is held in 2010.

In the At Large House race, Karen Hartley-Nagle beat out two other candidates for the Democratic nomination to take on incumbent Rep. Mike Castle (R). Castle is favored for the general election.

New Hampshire

The general election this year will feature a couple of rematches. In the 1st congressional district, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) will face former Rep. Jeb Bradley (R), whom she defeated in 2006. The Senate race is also a rematch, between 2002 candidates Sen. John Sununu (R) and former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D). Sununu narrowly won six years ago, but Shaheen may have an edge this year.

In CD-02, freshman Rep. Paul Hodes (D) will face Jennifer Horn in November.

Rhode Island

Republican voters nominated Robert Tingle to challenge Sen. Jack Reed (D), who is favored to win come November. The state's incumbent House members, Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D) and James Langevin (D) were unopposed in the primary. Republican nominee Jon Scott will face Kennedy in the 1st district, while in CD-02 Langevin will be running against Mark S. Zaccaria (R).


Rep. Peter Welch (D) is unopposed by major parties, but will face several other candidates.

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Here are the victors of Delaware's primaries:

Here are the victors of New Hampshire's primaries:

Here are the victors of Rhode Island's primaries:

Here are the victors of Vermont's primaries:

  • In the 1st district, incumbent Rep. Peter Welch (D) faces no major-party opposition.