Governor: With all 438 districts reporting, Jack Markell will sweep into the governor's mansion with nearly 68 percent of the vote... GOP nominee Bill Lee conceded the governor's race only 20 minutes after the polls closed ... Lt. Gov.: Democrat Matt Denn took a 61-39 win over Sen. Charles Copeland... Insurance Commissioner: Karen Weldin-Stewart beat out Sussex Republican John Brady, 57-41... Click the link above to read Markell's election-night victory speech...
Governor: With all 438 districts reporting, Jack Markell will sweep into the governor's mansion with nearly 68 percent of the vote... GOP nominee Bill Lee conceded the governor's race only 20 minutes after the polls closed ...
Lt. Gov.: Democrat Matt Denn took a 61-39 win over Sen. Charles Copeland...
Insurance Commissioner: Karen Weldin-Stewart beat out Sussex Republican John Brady, 57-41.
Below, the full text of Markell's election-night victory speech:
Good evening...what a great night to be a Delawarean!
It is looking like one of our state's finest leaders is about to be elected to the second most powerful office in our entire country.
Way to go Joe!
Oh, yes...and that means Barack Obama will be President!
A few minutes ago, I received a call from Bill Lee, congratulating me on my victory. I thanked Bill for his years of service to our state.
So tonight we make history, not just for the changes that are coming to Washington, but for the opportunities that are coming to Delaware. Because tonight our state has voted for change and for self-renewal and I can't wait to get sworn in as your Governor and get to work!
And there's a lot of work to do.
State revenue projections are sinking. Our economy is in the worst shape in a generation, and too many of our neighbors are losing their jobs, their health care and their housing. Our schools face the challenge of preparing students to compete in a global marketplace, and yet we still need to work on the fundamentals like making sure more kids graduate on time.
Those are serious problems but this has been a campaign about hope. Hope that I could hear yesterday in the impassioned questions of middle school students in Georgetown.
Hope that I could see today in the tears of a first time voter in Dover. Hope that I could feel today in the strong handshake of a 94 year old man in New Castle.
The hope that together, with leaders like Barack Obama and Joe Biden we can bring the change we need to Delaware and the United States.
All of these people have the same fears - but they also have the same hope, and they share the same faith.
They have faith that government leaders will speak honestly about our challenges and lay out their vision for making the lives of Delawareans better.
They have faith that we can harness all the hope this election has created and use that newfound energy to overcome the difficulties facing us as a state.
We will begin, as we must, by getting state government's own fiscal house in order. The economy the Bush Administration is leaving behind will constrain our ability to do everything we need to do as quickly as we want to do it – but the key to our ultimate success is maintaining fiscal discipline and responsibility, and I pledge to you that as Governor I will do that.
The challenges facing us may seem daunting, but our resolve will be even stronger.
I’m looking forward to working with an outstanding new Lieutenant Governor, Matt Denn to move our state forward.
But we cannot make these changes by ourselves, and that’s one reason why I am so excited to see new legislators elected tonight like Mike Barbieri, Brad Bennett, etc. . .
We’ll look forward to partnering with Senate Pro Tem Thurman Adams, and – I just love saying it – Speaker of the House Bob Gilligan.
But most of all we will need your help. All the hope, all the energy, all the passion you brought to our campaigns need to be turned to making the changes we have been talking about since day one.
I wouldn’t be here tonight, without your support and I need your support even more when I take office in January.
From up here on stage it would be impossible to thank individually the thousands of hard-working and dedicated people who made tonight possible by knocking on doors and making phone calls, hosting events for me in their homes and in so many other ways.
But you are the real heroes tonight and you deserve the applause.
I want to specifically thank my amazing campaign staff.
More than anyone I want to thank my wife, Carla, and our two children, Molly and Michael. Without their love and support, their patience and their determination, I would not be standing here. I could not be more blessed.
I also want to thank my brother David and my sister Judy who’ve traveled from other states back home to Delaware to be with me tonight. They are the best siblings anybody could hope for. I’m grateful to them and their families.
David, Judy and I have been blessed by remarkable parents, Leni and Bill, who taught me from a young age the importance of sacrifice and public service.
We may never again have such an opportunity to make the changes that will make Delaware an even better place to live not just for ourselves, but for our children and our children’s children.
We must have the discipline to ask how our decisions will be impacting the next forty years not just the next four.
The time for bold change is now. The decisions we must make will
be tough, but WE will be tough and make them.
Together, we can make Delaware the First State again.
We have to ask more of ourselves and we have to work together. I will aim high, and I NEED you to join me. Thank you, and God Bless America