Carper cruises to fourth term in Delaware Senate race

Carper cruises to fourth term in Delaware Senate race
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Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Health Care: Top Trump refugee official taking new HHS job | Tom Price joins new Georgia governor's transition | FDA tobacco crackdown draws ire from the right Company hiked price for opioid overdose treatment 600 percent: Senate report Overnight Energy: Trump to nominate Wheeler as EPA chief | House votes to remove protections for gray wolves | Lawmakers aim to pass disaster funds for California fires MORE (D-Del.) coasted to a fourth term on Tuesday, beating back challenges from three other candidates who had sought to replace him.

Carper's most serious challenge came from Republican Rob Arlett, a Sussex County councilman who previously served as a state chairman for President TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE's 2016 campaign.

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But Carper also faced two third-party challengers: Green Party candidate Demitri Theodoropoulos and Libertarian Nadine Frost. 

Carper has been a perennial presence in Delaware politics for decades. He served as the state's treasurer, its lone representative in the House and its governor, before entering the Senate in 2001. 

While Carper never appeared to be in jeopardy throughout his general election bid, he did fend off a progressive challenger in the Democratic primary. Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation Questions grow about FBI vetting of Christopher Steele’s Russia expertise MORE beat Trump in the state in 2016 by roughly 11 points and Delaware hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate since 1994.

The Cook Political Report rated the race as "solid" Democratic.