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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Political candidates from across Delaware are gathering to make amends after this year’s campaigns and symbolically bury the hatchet.

The southern Delaware hamlet of Georgetown plays host every election season to Return Day, which features a parade of horse-drawn carriages in which winning and losing candidates sit together. It ends with local party leaders burying a hatchet in a box of sand.

Among the candidates on hand Thursday were Democratic Senator-elect Chris Coons, Democratic Congressman-elect John Carney Jr., and Carney’s Republican opponent, Glen Urquhart.

Republican tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell, who lost to Coons, did not appear at a reception preceding the parade ceremony.

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