Lavelle, Pettyjohn win notable Senate races

By Chris Carl 1:34am, November 7, 2012 - Updated 1:37am, November 7, 2012
A few incumbents were upset in State House and Senate races.

All eyes were on the State Senate's 4th district in Greenville and Hockessin - a race between Democratic incumbent Mike Katz and Republican State Rep. Greg Lavelle, where the ads got nasty. Lavelle won with 51% of the vote.

"The attack on my character by that ad was completely unfair," Lavelle told WDEL News. "And beyond unfair, it was not substantiated by the facts. Did it work? It absolutely worked."

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Lavelle believes he won on his reputation as a watchdog.

"I'll work with Jack Markell when we need to move the state forward, and I have a record of doing that. But I will challenge Governor Markell, (former Governor) Ruth Ann Minner or anyone when they fall down, when they don't do the job," Lavelle said.

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In another closely watched race, Republican Brian Pettyjohn - whose name was placed on the ballot just days ago - won the 19th Senate seat in central Sussex County.

Republican incumbent Dori Connor lost in New Castle's 12th district to Democrat Nicole Poore.

Republican Ernie Lopez easily won the seat in the new 6th district in Lewes-Rehoboth.

Democrat Bryan Townsend won the Bear-area's 11th district.

In notable State House races, Republican Lincoln Willis was the only incumbent to lose - falling to Democrat Tre Paradee in western Kent's 29th district.

Democrat Andria Bennett will succeed her husband in the 32nd district in Dover, who chose not to run for reelection after being nabbed on his second DUI charge.

John Atkins also won re-election in Millsboro's 41st district by just 69 votes.

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