- Associated Press - Thursday, November 10, 2016

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - With the political campaigns and election over, Delaware Democrats and Republicans came together Thursday to literally “bury the hatchet.”

Politicians of all stripes gathered in Georgetown for the time-honored tradition of Return Day, where they will settle their partisan differences, if only for the moment.

Winners and losers of Tuesday’s election rode together in horse-drawn carriages around the town circle, a symbolic gesture indicating that any hard feelings are left behind.

After a town crier in tuxedo and top hat announced the Sussex County tallies in statewide and local contests from a courthouse balcony, local party leaders joined ceremoniously bury a hatchet in a box of sand.

Democratic Gov.-elect John Carney Jr., who rode in a carriage with his Republican opponent, state Sen. Colin Bonini, said the ritual is a reminder that members of both parties must put political differences aside and work together for the public good.


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