Published January 14, 2015
Retired judge Bill Lee (search), the runner-up in the Republican gubernatorial primary in 2000, won his party's nomination for Delaware governor Saturday, setting up a November showdown with Democratic Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (search).
With 340 of 341 precincts reporting, the retired Superior Court judge had 15,181 votes, or 70.5 percent, compared with 5,086 votes, or 23.6 percent, for airline pilot Michael Protack. Accountant David Graham had 1,276 votes, or 5.9 percent.
"We're happy. We hit our marks," Lee said. "This was just a halfway point in the race, but we did our job tonight."
Turnout was lighter than predicted, with both parties sending only 12 to 14 percent of eligible voters to the polls. State Elections Commissioner Frank Calio (search) had predicted a statewide turnout of about 20 percent.
Saturday's primary was the last in Delaware to be held on a weekend.
Lawmakers have approved a bill to move the primary from the first Saturday following the first Monday in September to the second Tuesday of the month, effective next year, in response to complaints that people observing the Jewish Sabbath were effectively barred from voting in Saturday primaries.