2004 United States presidential election in Delaware

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United States presidential election in Delaware, 2004

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  John F. Kerry.jpg George-W-Bush.jpeg
Nominee John Kerry George W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Running mate John Edwards Dick Cheney
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 200,152 171,660
Percentage 53.45% 45.75%

Delaware Presidential Election Results 2004.svg
County Results

President before election

George W. Bush

Elected President

George W. Bush

The 2004 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 2, 2004, and was part of the 2004 United States presidential election. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Delaware was won by Democrat nominee John Kerry by a 7.6% margin of victory. Prior to the election, all 12 news organizations considered this a state Kerry would win, or otherwise considered as a safe blue state. The state was once a bellwether state, but has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1992. Kerry easily won this state, almost identical results to the 2000 election.




There were 12 news organizations who made state-by-state predictions of the election. Here are their last predictions before election day.[1]

  1. D.C. Political Report: Lean Democrat
  2. Associated Press: Solid Kerry
  3. CNN: Kerry
  4. Cook Political Report: Lean Democrat
  5. Newsweek: Solid Kerry
  6. New York Times: Solid Kerry
  7. Rasmussen Reports: Kerry
  8. Research 2000: Solid Kerry
  9. Washington Post: Kerry
  10. Washington Times: Solid Kerry
  11. Zogby International: Kerry
  12. Washington Dispatch: Kerry


Just 2 pre-election polls were taken (specifically in September), and Kerry won both of them with 45% and 50% respecteviely.[2]


Bush raised $523,150.[3] Kerry raised $260,657.[4]

Advertising and visits[edit]

Neither campaign advertised or visited this state during the fall campaign.[5][6]


Delaware, a blue state in presidential elections, had not voted for a Republican presidential nominee for 16 years going into 2004. The last Republican to win Delaware was George H. W. Bush in 1988. Since then, the state has consistently delivered to the Democrats at the presidential level.


United States presidential election in Delaware, 2004[7]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic John Kerry John Edwards 200,152 53.35% 3
Republican George W. Bush (Inc.) Dick Cheney 171,660 45.75% 0
Independent Ralph Nader Peter Camejo 2,153 0.57% 0
Libertarian Michael Badnarik Wayne Allyn Root 586 0.16% 0
Constitution Chuck Baldwin Michael Peroutka 289 0.08% 0
Green David Cobb Rosa Clemente 250 0.07% 0
Natural Law Walt Brown Mary Alice Herbert 100 0.03% 0
Totals 375,190 100.00% 3
Voter turnout (Voting Age population) 60.6%

Results breakdown[edit]

By county[edit]

County Kerry% Kerry# Bush% Bush# Others% Others#
New Castle 60.5% 146,179 38.5% 93,079 0.9% 2,203
Kent 42.6% 23,875 56.4% 31,578 0.9% 527
Sussex 38.7% 30,098 60.5% 47,003 0.8% 648

By congressional district[edit]

Due to the state's low population, only one congressional district is allocated. This district, called the At-Large district, because it covers the entire state, and thus is equivalent to the statewide election results.

District Bush Kerry Representative
At-large 45.8% 53.4% Mike Castle


Technically the voters of Delaware cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Delaware is allocated 3 electors because it has 1 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 3 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 3 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 13, 2004, to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from Delaware. All were pledged to and voted for John Kerry and John Edwards:[8]

  1. James Johnson
  2. Nancy W. Cook
  3. Timothy G. Willard


  1. ^ http://www.dcpoliticalreport.com/members/2004/Pred2.htm#NW[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/USPRESIDENT/GENERAL/CAMPAIGN/2004/polls.php?fips=1
  3. ^ http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/campaigns/george_w_bush.asp?cycle=04
  4. ^ http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/campaigns/john_f_kerry.asp?cycle=04
  5. ^ "CNN.com Specials". CNN.
  6. ^ "CNN.com Specials". CNN.
  7. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2004/2004Stat.htm#8
  8. ^ https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/2004_certificates/

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