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Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)

  • District: Junior Senator from Delaware
  • Residence: Wilmington
  • Born: September 9, 1963; Greenwich, Conn.
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Family: Wife, Annie Lingenfelter; three children
  • Education: Amherst College, A.B. 1985 (chemistry & political science); Yale U., J.D. 1992; Yale U., M.A.R. 1992 (ethics)
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: New Castle County Council president, 2001-05; New Castle County executive, 2005-10; U.S. Senate, 2010-present
  • Elected: Elected: 2010 (1st term); Defeated Christine O'Donnell, R, to succeed Ted Kaufman, D, who retired
  • Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science; Financial Services; Homeland Security; Legislative Branch; State-Foreign Operations); Budget; Foreign Relations (African Affairs - Chairman; International Development; International Operations & Organizations; Near Eastern & South & Central Asian Affairs); Judiciary (Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights; Bankruptcy & Courts - Chairman; Constitution, Civil Rights & Human Rights; Privacy, Technology & the Law)
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State Information: Delaware

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2010 special Chris Coons (D) 174,012 56.6%
Christine O'Donnell (R) 123,053 40%
Glenn Miller (I) 8,201 2.7%
James Rash (LIBERT) 2,101 0.7%
Maurice Bourgeois (WRI)    
Samtra Devard (WRI)    
2008 general Joseph Biden (D) 257,539 64.7%
Christine O'Donnell (R) 140,595 35.3%
2002 general Joseph Biden (D) 135,253 58.2%
Raymond Clatworthy (R) 94,793 40.8%
Maurice Barros (I) 996 0.4%
Raymond Buranello (LIBERT) 922 0.4%
Robert Mattson (NL) 350 0.2%
1996 general Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D) 165,465 60%
Raymond J. Clatworthy (R) 105,088 38.1%
Mark Jones (LIBERT) 3,340 1.2%
Jacqueline Kossoff (NL) 1,698 0.6%
1990 general Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D) 112,918 63%
M. Jane Brady (R) 64,554 36%
1984 general Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D) 147,831 60%
John M. Burris (R) 98,101 40%
1978 general Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D) 93,930 58%
James H. Baxter (R) 66,479 41%
1972 general Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D) 116,006 50%
+ Nearly complete, unofficial returns
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 61.94% John McCain: 36.94%
2012 : 58.61% : 39.98%
2004 John Kerry: 53% George W. Bush: 46%
2000 Al Gore: 55% George W. Bush: 42%
1996 Bill Clinton: 52% Robert Dole: 37%
1992 Bill Clinton: 44% George H. W. Bush: 35%
1988 Michael Dukakis: 43% George H. W. Bush: 56%
1984 Walter F. Mondale: 40% :

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