Delaware Republican Candidate Dropped Out of the Attorney General’s Race
WILMINGTON, Del. — August 14, 2018
The Delaware Republican attorney general candidate Peggy Marshall Thomas has withdrawn from the race, State Republican party vice chair Emily Taylor confirmed.
Thomas was the only GOP candidate in the race and would have faced the winner of next month’s four-way Democratic primary in November.
Thomas released a statement saying, “After talking with my family this weekend, I have made the very difficult decision to withdraw from the Attorney General race. I want to thank the many people who worked to support my campaign and shared my vision for the Department of Justice.”
Taylor said State GOP Chairman Mike Harrington was alerted Monday morning of Marshall’s withdrawal.
As of close of business Monday, Taylor said Thomas had not yet had her name officially removed from the ballot. That needs to happen for the GOP to nominate a new candidate.
Thomas’s announcement came less than 48 hours after she reportedly attended campaign events on Saturday.
Taylor says the State Republican Party will meet Tuesday evening to begin seeking a replacement. The party is sad to lose her as a candidate, and wishes her well.
“We’re getting relatively close to the elections and we’re looking to do something as quickly as possible," Taylor said.
Delaware Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove said the GOP could nominate someone to replace Thomas on the ballot by Sept. 4, but she would have to formally ask to have her name removed and she hasn’t done it yet.
Thomas served as prosecutor in the Attorney General’s office for 30 years. As a prosecutor, she has handled some of the most difficult cases, including murder and child abuse, and convicted some of the toughest criminals. Since retiring in 2016, she’s worked as a House attorney in the General Assembly.
Tom Neuberger, another Republican, had announced his intention to run for AG last fall, but changed his mind after deciding to represent a Wilmington firefighter in his suit against the city.
There are four Democrats in a primary to determine who will succeed retiring incumbent Democrat Matt Denn. LaKresha Roberts, Kathy Jennings, Chris Johnson and Tim Mullaney will face off in the primary on September 6th, Delaware Public media reported.