United States Senate election in Rhode Island, 2012

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United States Senate election in Rhode Island, 2012
Rhode Island
2006 ←
November 6, 2012
Class 1 Senator
→ 2018

Turnout 58.0% (voting eligible)[1]
  Sheldon Whitehouse 2010.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Sheldon Whitehouse Barry Hinckley
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 271,034 146,222
Percentage 64.8% 35.0%

Rhode Island Election Results by County, all Democratic.svg

U.S. Senate election results map.
Blue denotes counties/districts won by Whitehouse.

U.S. Senator before election

Sheldon Whitehouse
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Sheldon Whitehouse
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in Rhode Island was on November 6, 2012, alongside a presidential election, other elections to the United States Senate in other states, as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was re-elected to a second term in a landslide.

Background[edit]

In the 2006 Senate election, former Attorney General of Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse defeated one-term Republican incumbent Lincoln Chafee. Chafee had been appointed to the Senate in 1999 when his father, the incumbent Senator John Chafee died. He then won election to a first term in 2000. Whitehouse won 53.52% of the vote in 2006.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Unsuccessful[edit]

  • Todd Giroux, contractor and Independent candidate for governor in 2010[2]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheldon Whitehouse 60,223 100%
Totals 60,223 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Barry Hinckley, president and co-founder of software company Bullhorn[3]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Scott
Avedisian
Donald
Carcieri
Buddy
Cianci
Giovanni
Cicione
Allen
Fung
John
Loughlin
John
Robitaille
Catherine
Taylor
Other/
Undecided
Public Policy Polling February 16–22, 2011 250 ± 6.2% 12% 44% 12% 0% 6% 12% 12% 2%
21% 3% 14% 24% 31% 2% 6%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barry Hinckley 6,890 100%
Totals 6,890 100%

Independent[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declined[edit]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Sheldon
Whitehouse (D)
Barry
Hinckley (R)
Other Undecided
Fleming & Associates October 24–27, 2012 601 ± 4% 55% 33% 10%
McLaughlin and Associates October 11, 2012 300 ± 5.6% 49% 41% 10%
Brown University September 26–October 5, 2012 471 ± 4.4% 59% 30% 12%
Fleming & Associates September 26–29, 2012 501 ± 4.38% 56% 30% 11%
Fleming & Associates February 20–23, 2012 511 ± 4.38% 50% 28% 20%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Rhode Island, 2012[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sheldon Whitehouse 271,034 64.81% +11.29%
Republican Barry Hinckley 146,222 34.97% -11.51%
Other Write-ins 933 0.22% n/a
Majority 124,812 29.85% +22.81%
Total votes 418,189 100%
Turnout 418,189 58%
Democratic hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Michael McDonald (February 9, 2013). "2012 General Election Turnout Rates". George Mason University. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Arditi, Lynn (April 21, 2012). "Todd Giroux announces bid for U.S. Senate". The Providence Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ McGowan, Dan (May 28, 2011). "Senate Battle Heats Up: Hinckley Blasts Whitehouse". GoLocalProv. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Peoples, Steve (November 9, 2010). "GOPer Giovanni Cicione Considering Bid Against Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse". Roll Call. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ Nesi, Ted (October 28, 2011). "Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian". WPRI-TV. Twitter. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Carcieri says he's decided against running for U.S. Senate". Providence Journal. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ Donnis, Ian (February 25, 2011). "Rhode Island Tip Sheet: National exposure for RI penches". WRNI-FM. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ Catanese, David (May 10, 2011). "Former police superintendent to challenge Cicilline". Politico. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ Nesi, Ted (November 10, 2010). "Carcieri, Avedisian, Cicione may take on Whitehouse". WPRI-TV. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  10. ^ Nesi, Ted (February 22, 2011). "Fung ‘not considering’ $5M run against Whitehouse". WPRI-TV. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  11. ^ Nesi, Ted (December 2, 2010). "Robitaille: I may run for Senate in '12". WPRI-TV. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ Silverman, Bradley (January 19, 2011). "Robitaille Likely to Run for Governor Again". WBRU. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ Maxon, Jake (January 21, 2011). "2012 Senate Run a Possibility for Former Hasbro CEO". WBRU. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  14. ^ "RI US Senate". Our Campaigns. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites