Republican Kevin Wade will get another chance to run for U.S. senator after winning the Republican primary Tuesday night over opponent Carl Smink.
Wade ran for U.S. senator in 2012 as the Republican candidate, but lost to Democrat Sen. Tom Carper.
After all the 375 districts were in Tuesday night, the unofficial results showed Wade had received 18,181 votes, or more than 75 percent of the 24,029 ballots cast, to Smink’s 5,848 votes, which was less than 25 percent of the total.
Wade will now advance to the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election, where he will face incumbent Democrat Chris Coons and Green Party candidate Andrew Groff.
Wade, 62, stated Tuesday that he is honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of so many Republican voters in the state.
“I’m very happy with the results of the primary election,” Wade said. “I salute my friend and fellow Republican Carl Smink for standing up and carrying his message, and not only for his service to the party recently but for his service to the country throughout his entire life.”
Smink did not respond to numerous calls for comment Tuesday night.
Wade said now his work begins as he’ll be taking on incumbent Sen. Chris Coons in the November general election.
Wade is the founder and president of Philadelphia Control Systems, Inc. in Christiana.
Wade said Sen. Coons is a successful politician, who is both articulate and intelligent, but he said he feels brings his own set of assets to the table.
“I think people of Delaware will benefit from the contrasting views on Delaware and America’s future,” Wade said.
Sen. Coons’ staff released a statement regarding the results of the Republican primary.
“Sen. Coons looks forward to a constructive and vigorous campaign this fall, but remains focused on working hard to get things done. This week, the senator is in Washington, where he’ll introduce a bipartisan bill that would help more Delawareans get the training they need for modern manufacturing jobs. He feels the best way to earn the support of Delawareans for his first full term is by continuing to work hard on their behalf.”