BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: In Depth: US Elections: States
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:51 GMT
Delaware

Delaware has picked the winning president 12 times in a row and is thought one of the best indicators of how the country is thinking.

Key facts
Population: 724,842 (ranked 46 among states)
Governor: Thomas R Carper (D)
Electoral College votes: 3
There is a strong tradition of two-party politics, a reflection of Delaware's wide spectrum of socio-economic groups. Democrats are particularly strong in Wilmington while the Republicans are dominant in the suburbs and the Delmarva Peninsula.

Delaware is proud of the fact it was the first ex-colony to ratify the constitution, and calls itself the first state.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 1 Republican
Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
It is also one of the wealthiest states in the USA, much of it belonging to the Du Pont family, whose businesses have generated much of the state's income for two centuries.

In 1802 Eleuthere Irenee Du Pont built a gunpowder mill on the banks of the banks of Brandywine Creek that grew to be one of America's major munitions and chemical companies. For 30 years the company controlled General Motors and has since pioneered the manufacture of various synthetics and plastics.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 52%, Dole 37%
1992: Clinton 44%, Bush 35%, Perot 20%
1988: Bush 56%, Dukakis 43%
And Governor Pete Du Pont helped Delaware become an importance finance centre in the 1980s by reforming and liberalising state banking laws. He encouraged banks from out of state to re-locate, and banking now employs 30,000 people in Delware.

There was a dip in the economy in the early 1990s but the economy is thriving again as taxes fall and the population grows.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE

Inauguration:

Bush presidency:

PICTURE GALLERIES

Texts and transcripts:

AUDIO VIDEO

TALKING POINT
ELECTION FACT FILES
Who's who
What's at Stake
State Profiles
Parties
Calendar
Links to more States stories are at the foot of the page.


Links to more States stories