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 CarperBiden's challenge: Satisfying the left Dems introduce bill requiring disclosure of guest logs from White House, Trump properties Lobbying world 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 TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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 ClintonTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent Kellyanne Conway: 'I think my gender helps me with the president' 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.