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 CarperIRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing Last-minute deal extends program to protect chemical plants 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 directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees 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 ClintonDershowitz to The Atlantic: Do not violate Constitution to safeguard it Why Joe Biden (or any moderate) cannot be nominated GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress 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.