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Thursday Marks 103rd Sussex County Return Day

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The Georgetown Circle, shown Thursday morning, is the epicenter of Sussex County Return Day. (Photo: WBOC) The Georgetown Circle, shown Thursday morning, is the epicenter of Sussex County Return Day. (Photo: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del.- Democrats and Republicans in Delaware are done squaring off in this year's political campaigns and are now ready to circle the wagons, or carriages, to be more precise.

Winners and losers of Tuesday's midterm election are gathering in Georgetown on Thursday for the 103rd Sussex County Return Day, a tradition held every other year since 1812 that includes local party leaders coming together to literally "bury the hatchet," ceremoniously settling their partisan differences, if only for the moment.

Return Day also features candidates riding together in carriages and cars around the downtown circle before a town crier announces the results of local election returns.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper planned to walk the parade route with his vanquished Republican opponent Rob Arlett, a member of the Sussex County Council who was President Donald Trump's 2016 state campaign chair.

Carper says maybe the whole country could use a Return Day.

Linda Dykstra, one of the vendors who was at the circle before sunrise to begin set-up for the event, said of the event, "It's just fun, it's a great tradition."

Return Day is not just about the election that happened. It also marks the start of speculation about who will run for which offices in the next election, which in this case will include a 2020 gubernatorial contest. 

For a Return Day program of events and schedule, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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