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Delaware loves Joe Biden. At least that’s what they say. And generally, it’s pretty much true, not least of all because so many people in Delaware have met “Uncle Joe,” served him as a customer, have seen him in person or just plain know him and his family.
The First State is also a very blue state. We have an all-Democrat lineup of representatives on U.S. Congress. Our three electoral votes have invariably gone to the Democratic candidate in the past seven presidential elections. The 2020 Presidential Election is highly unlikely to bring about different results, with President Donald Trump’s popularity at an abysmal -14 according to Morning Consult’s polling in the state.
That means Biden, who officially announced his candidacy on Thursday, would certainly win Delaware’s vote – if he were to become the nominee. That will be the bigger hurdle.
We searched Twitter for reactions from Delawareans to Biden’s announcement. What we found was definitely not an anonymous “Delaware loves Joe” chant. While some tweets certainly have that dynamic, others seemed less than thrilled.
Some are encouraged by the announcement.
Joe was my Senator for many years he did an awful lot of good for Delaware. I'm proud of him. He should have run 4 years ago not Hillary. I don't know if he can win this race but I'm glad he's trying that's what Beautiful wanted.
— Kandee (@Delawarecandy) April 26, 2019
Some are already tired:
BTW, in case anyone in the solar system didn't know it yet, Joe Biden is running for President. (and yes I know that you've all been notified 86 times as well but since I live in Delaware my every local news alert has reminded me of this fact 86 additional times).
— Vallikat (@Vallikat) April 26, 2019
why do i see Joe Biden's face every time i look at twitter? i live in Delaware i grew up here. I've had enough joe..
— danfromde (@danfromde) April 26, 2019
Biden’s opposition to school desegregation in the 1970s has been haunting him lately, with one article in particular making its way into our timelines:
— Matthew Albright (@TNJ_malbright) April 20, 2019
Delawareans’ deep phobia of public schools has persisted, long after the desegregation plan was dismantled. Some blame Biden for it:
I'm from Delaware & I couldn't agree more.
Joe Biden has done nothing for us!
Delaware Public schools are horrible & it's been proven most 8th graders go into 9th grade 1, 2 or 3 grades behind where they should be in English & Math. It's sad. https://t.co/6WnJ21bACs
— Denise (@BeachDreamere) April 26, 2019
Some shower him with love:
(And don’t @ me either – he’s our Joe! He, Jill and the family are members of OUR Delaware family.)
— CoreyMarshallSteele (@CorCattDelaware) April 26, 2019
— Lisa Gravely (@LisaGravely) April 26, 2019
— 𝐊𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐦 (@kylegrantham) April 25, 2019
Others, not so much…
Your a fraud. So how does antifa fit into your policy? Btw, no not everyone in Delaware (not your home state as it is mine)is thrilled with your running.
— gerald (@curlew) April 25, 2019
Biden’s biggest potential foil? Delaware Dems who are looking for a less old-school candidate:
I’m a Delaware resident, always liked @JoeBiden , but I won’t be voting for him. It’s time for new generation of leadership. My opinion, he should be mentoring from the retirement sideline. No interest in him as the democratic candidate
— Bryand72 (@Bryand721) April 24, 2019
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