Veteran senator Tom Carper of Delaware easily avoided a primary Democratic challenge on Thursday from a political newcomer who was part of an anti-establishment wave that hoped to move the party further to the left.
Carper, 71, outdid her rival, Kerri Evelyn Harris, who hoped to mount a growing anti-establishment wave within the party for victory, only to see her reflow against one of the most successful politicians in modern Delaware history.
"We have to get together as a game," said Carper after a primary victory that kept his record of four decades of unbeaten campaign intact.
"We must bear in mind that we are not enemies of others."
Veteran senator Tom Carper (left) of Delaware easily avoided the primary challenge of the Democrats on Thursday of a political newcomer who was part of an anti-establishment wave that hoped to move the party further to the left
Carper and his wife Martha enter the Bluewinkle & # 39; s Diamond Club at Frawley Stadium on Thursday in Wilmington to celebrate after their victory
Carper's victory established a race in November against Rob Arlett, former president of President Donald Trump's state campaign.
Arlett, a county councilman from Sussex, defeated former PayPal executive Gene Truono in the Republican Senate primaries.
Carper, who is competing for a fourth term in the Senate, promotes his experience and his ability to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, despite being a critic of Trump.
He served five terms in the US House. UU And two terms as governor before being elected to the Senate in 2000.
Harris was expecting a win like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat a 10-term headline at a New York congressional primary in June; The Mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum, who won the primary for governor Democrats of Florida; and Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley, who hit an incumbent at a primary in Massachusetts this week.
"We're going to keep pushing against the machine," Harris said.
"Our voices are stronger than ever, and we will not remain silent every time we see any injustice."
Carper, 71, outperformed her rival Kerri Evelyn Harris (seen in this August 31 file photo in Newark, Delaware). She had hoped to mount a growing anti-establishment wave within the party toward victory, only to see her reflow against one of Delaware's most successful politicians.
Carper, 71, won almost 30 percent over Harris, who was part of a wave of young activists emboldened by the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in 2016.
Harris, a black and gay veteran of the Air Force, ran on a platform that included government-paid health care for all, a minimum wage of $ 15 per hour and the abolition of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
He tried to paint Carper as a career politician out of touch, committed to corporations and their political action committees.
But Carper had a big advantage over Harris, both in name recognition and in fundraising.
It raised more than $ 1.3 million this year, compared to just over $ 120,000 reported by Harris in mid-August.
He surpassed her by a similar margin.
Arlett, the 51-year-old owner of a real estate business in southern Delaware, also likely faces an uphill battle against Carper in this heavily Democratic state.
In 2012, Carper beat his opponent in the general election by 37 points.
During the Senate campaign, Arlett praised his support for Trump's "America First" agenda and his socially conservative positions, including opposition to abortion and gay marriage.
He also reminded voters of the Republican Party that Truono is openly homosexual and in a marriage between people of the same sex.
Arlett has said he will work in Washington to eliminate burdensome regulations on businesses, improve border security and fight for free and fair trade.
He has also called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the dismantling of so-called "sanctuary cities".
On Thursday, Republican voters also chose businessman Scott Walker as their candidate for the US House of Representatives seat. UU Alone in Delaware.
He will challenge first-term Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester.