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Late filings make two 2014 statewide races more competitive

A pair of last minute filings have made two 2014 statewide races in Delaware more competitive.

Republicans Kevin Wade and Sher Valenzulea beat Tuesday’s noon filing deadline, entering the races for US Senate and State Treasurer respectively.

Wade will face fellow Republican Carl Smink in a September primary for the opportunity to challenge incumbent Democratic US Senator Chris Coons in November.

Wade was part of a three way race for Senate in 2012 when he and Independent Alex Pires failed to unseat Democrat Tom Carper. Carper won that race handily with 66 percent of the vote. Wade garnered 29 percent and Pires just under four percent.

Valenzuela’s entry into the Treasurer’s race expands an already crowded field.

Valenzulea will face Ken Simpler in a Republican primary. Democratic incumbent Chip Flowers faces a primary challenge from Sean Barney, a former policy adviser to Gov. Jack Markell.

Valenzuela is also a veteran of the 2012 election cycle. She lost the Lt. Governor’s race to Democratic incumbent Matt Denn by a 62-37 percent margin.