Mapping Early American Elections

17th Congress: Delaware 1820

Delaware elected one Federalist and one Democratic-Republican to the Seventeenth Congress.

Delaware used a statewide at-large system for electing members to Congress. Delaware’s election law required that voters select two candidates, with one residing in the voter’s own county, and the other residing in one of the state’s other two counties. Two at-large winners were elected.

In 1822, a special election was held in which Daniel Rodney was elected to replace Caesar A. Rodney, who had resigned after being elected to the United States Senate.

District Candidate Party Vote Percentage Elected
At-large Caesar A. Rodney Democratic-Republican 4,029 26.9%
At-large Louis McLane Federalist 3,918 26.1%
At-large Willard Hall Democratic-Republican 3,525 23.5%
At-large John Mitchell Federalist 3,500 23.3%

In most cases, only candidates who received more than 5 percent of the vote in a district are reported. Other candidates are reported as a group, but only if they in aggregate received more than 5 percent of the vote. In addition, percentages for each district may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding. The term Dissenting Republican includes various breakaway factions of the Democratic-Republican party.

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