Carper easily wins third U.S. Senate term

By Frank Gerace 1:06am, November 7, 2012 - Updated 2:26am, November 7, 2012
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Democratic incumbent Tom Carper easily outdistanced Republican, Independent and Green Party challengers to win re-election to a third U.S. Senate term.

WDEL's Frank Gerace reports.

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Carper got 66.5% of the vote compared to Republican Kevin Wade's 29%; and in his victory speech, Carper said America's overcome past challenges, and will weather its current difficulties.

"This is a country that survived the Civil War, this is a country that survived the Great Depression, this is a country that won not one, but two world wars, this is a country that won the Cold War," he said.

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In an upbeat concession speech, Wade told supporters Delaware is slowly moving from the blue to the red column.

"It's a day-by-day, month-by-month, year-by-year thing, chopping wood--to slowly, slowly move the state back in a direction, where I think we offer greater opportunity for everyone," says Wade.

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In his concession speech, Wade spoke glowingly of the Senator and his wife, whom Wade referred to as "his sweet Martha."

"I look forward to seeing him on Return Day down in Georgetown, in accordance with the longtime Delaware tradition," says Wade.

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VIDEO: Kevin Wade's concession speech at GOP Headquarters in Dover.

Carper also had kind words for Wade.

"He's a gentleman, he's a class act, he's gotten to be my friend--his wife and Martha teach together at the University of Delaware," says Carper.

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Carper closed his speech out by joking, "If I had more time, I'd do some push-ups," directed at defeated Independent candidate Alex Pires, who claimed Carper had health problems.

Pires got about 4% of vote, and Green Party Candidate Andrew Groff got about 1%.

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