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DELAWARE, Ohio (April 29, 2020) — The Delaware County Democratic Party is celebrating an impressive party shift in the county after the primary results were released. Voters returning a Democratic ballot increased by more than 30%.

According to the Delaware County Board of Elections, the unofficial results show 42.7% of voters returned a Democratic ballot, compared to 45.5% of voters requesting a Republican ballot, which is more than a 30% increase from 2018. Voting was extended for the March primary due to COVID-19 and absentee-only voting results were counted on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. 

Primary Election Democratic ballotsRepublican ballots
202042.7% 45.5%
201832.4%62.9%
201624%74%

Source: Delaware Co. Board of Elections

“We saw impressive gains for Democrats during the last election and 2020 looks to provide even more of a dramatic change,” said Peg Watkins, chair of the Delaware County Democratic Party. “Delaware County residents are looking to the Democratic Party for new leaders and we are ready.”

The Party would like to congratulate the Democrats who won in the Ohio primary.

  • Joseph R. Biden, Jr. – candidate for president
  • Alaina Shearer candidate for representative for U.S. House District 12
  • Jennifer Brunner & John P. O’Donnell – candidates for  Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • William B. Hoffman – candidate for judge of the Court of Appeals for the 5th District
  • Rachael Morocco – candidate for Ohio State Representative for the 67th District
  • Steven F. Mount – candidate for Ohio State Representative for the 68th District
  • John K. Hartman & Jacob Fathbruckner – candidates for Delaware County Commission

“People are tired of Donald Trump’s party and the complete lack of leadership, especially now in the midst of a health crisis,” said Joydeep Gupta, first vice-chair of the Delaware County Democratic Party. “We are planning to stand tall with other Democrats and demand change this November.”

The party would like to offer congratulations to the Olentangy Local and Big Walnut School Districts, their teachers and students, after the passage of school levies. Many Delaware County Democrats also won seats on the Delaware County Democratic Central Committee.

Voters can view the unofficial results from the primary on the Delaware County Board of Elections website here. BOE office staff and seasonal workers are counting provisional ballots now, and the Board of Elections will meet to certify the results on May 19, 2020.