United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the two U.S. Representatives from the state of Rhode Island, apportioned according to the 2010 United States Census. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election and an election to the U.S. Senate. Primary elections were held on September 11, 2012.[1]

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island, 2012 [2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Democratic 232,679 54.39% 2 2 -
Republican 161,926 37.85% 0 0 -
Independent 32,716 7.65% -
Write-In 454 0.11% -
Totals 427,775 100% 2 2 -

District 1[edit]

The redrawn 1st district represents Barrington, Bristol, Central Falls, Cumberland, East Providence, Jamestown, Lincoln, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Tiverton, Warren, Woonsocket, and parts of Providence.[3]

Democrat David Cicilline, who has represented the 1st district since January 2011, ran for re-election and won.[4] Anthony Gemma, a businessman and unsuccessful primary candidate for the seat in 2010, was again unsuccessful in challenging Cicilline in the 2012 Democratic primary.[5] Former state representative David Segal, who also ran in 2010, considered running in the Democratic primary as well.[6][7][8] Bill Lynch, the former chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Committee and unsuccessful candidate for the seat in 2010;[9] Patrick Lynch, the former Attorney General of Rhode Island;[10] Dan McKee, the mayor of Cumberland;[11] and Merrill Sherman, the president and chief executive officer of Bank Rhode Island,[12] will not run.

Colonel Brendan Doherty, the recently retired superintendent of the [Rhode Island State Police]], was the Republican nominee.[13] John Loughlin, a former state representative who unsuccessfully ran as the Republican nominee in 2010, will not run.[14]

Democratic primary[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Cicilline
Anthony
Gemma
Undecided
WPRI/Fleming & Associates May 8–12, 2012 302 ± 5.7% 40% 36% 20%

Results[edit]

United States House of Representatives democratic primary election in Rhode Island, 2012[15]
Party Votes Percentage
David Cicilline 30,112 62.2%
Anthony Gemma 14,636 30.2%
Chris Young 3,691 7.6%
Totals 48,439 100%

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Cicilline (D)
Brendan
Doherty (R)
David
Vogel (I)
Undecided
WPRI/Fleming & Assoc. October 24–27, 2012 300 ± 5.7% 43% 42% 6% 8%
OnMessage, Inc. October 24–25, 2012 400 ± 4.9% 39% 45% 6% 10%
WPRI/Fleming & Assoc. September 26–29, 2012 250 ± 6.2% 44% 38% 6% 10%
WPRI/Fleming & Assoc. February 20–23, 2012 250 ± 6.2% 33% 49% 16%
WPRI/Fleming & Assoc. May 13–15, 2011 300 ± 5.7% 33% 46% 20%

General Election Results[edit]

Rhode Island 1st Congressional District 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David N. Cicilline (Incumbent) 108,612 53.0%
Republican Brendan P. Doherty 83,737 40.8%
Independent David S. Vogel 12,504 6.1%
Write-in Others 262 0.1%
Totals 205,115 100.0%

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District 2[edit]

The redrawn 2nd district will represent Burrillville, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Johnston, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, Richmond, Scituate, South Kingstown, Warwick, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Westerly, and parts of Providence.[3]

Democrat James Langevin, who has represented Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district since 2001, will run for re-election.[16] John Matson, a carpenter and perennial candidate, will challenge Langevin in the Democratic primary.[17]

Michael Gardiner, an attorney and 2010 Republican primary candidate in 2010,[18] and Michael Riley, a hedge fund manager,[19] will seek the Republican nomination.

Abel Collins, an environmental activist, will mount an independent campaign in the general election.[20]

Democratic primary[edit]

Results[edit]

United States House of Representatives democratic primary election in Rhode Island, 2012[15]
Party Votes Percentage
Jim Langevin 21,782 74.1%
John Matson 7,620 25.9%
Totals 29,402 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Results[edit]

United States House of Representatives republican primary election in Rhode Island, 2012[15]
Party Votes Percentage
Michael Riley 5,246 65.6%
Karen Russo 1,484 18.5%
Michael Gardiner 819 10.2%
Donald Robbio 453 5.7%
Totals 8,002 100%

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jim
Langevin (D)
Michael
Riley (R)
Abel
Collins (I)
Undecided
WPRI/Fleming & Assoc. October 24–27, 2012 300 ± 5.7% 48% 31% 9% 10%
Aqua Opinion and Policy Research Group October 5–11, 2012 536 ± 4.2% 47.6% 22.3% 16.7% 13.3%
WPRI 12 September 26–29, 2012 251 ± 6.2% 53% 29% 10% 8%

General Election Results[edit]

Rhode Island 2nd Congressional District 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James R. Langevin (Incumbent) 124,067 55.7%
Republican Michael G. Riley 78,189 35.1%
Independent Abel G. Collins 20,212 9.1%
Write-in Others 192 0.1%
Totals 222,660 100.0%

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Upcoming Elections". State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "RI.gov: Election Results". Government of Rhode Island, Secretary of State. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Rhode Island Congressional Districts". Rhode Island Redistricting Project. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Mulligan, John E. (April 11, 2012). "R.I. Rep. Cicilline says he will stay in the race for reelection". The Providence Journal. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Grimaldi, Paul (April 15, 2012). "Gemma formally declares candidacy for Congress in R.I.". The Providence Journal. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Nesi, Ted (May 27, 2011). "All four Dems could run again as Segal mulls US House bid". WPRI.com. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ MacKay, Scott (September 30, 2011). "The parade to run against Rep. Cicilline is forming". WRNI-FM. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ McGowan, Dan (December 22, 2011). "NEW: Gemma, Segal Met to Discuss 1st District Race". GoLocalProv. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Lynch confirms he will not run for Congress". The Providence Journal. February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ MacKay, Scott (January 4, 2012). "Patrick Lynch shuts door on U.S. House rumors". WRNI-FM. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ Nesi, Ted (March 2, 2012). "Cumberland’s McKee rules out primary challenge to Cicilline". WPRI.com. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ Fitzpatrick, Edward (December 15, 2011). "BankRI president Merrill Sherman says she won't run for Congress". The Providence Journal. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  13. ^ Gregg, Katherine (May 16, 2011). "Doherty launches campaign with $50,000 of his own; staffing is next". The Providence Journal. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ Armental, Maria (January 11, 2012). "John Loughlin will not run for the 1st Congressional seat held by Cicilline". The Providence Journal. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf
  16. ^ Peoples, Steve (April 29, 2011). "Langevin's Influence Jeopardized in Minority". GoLocalProv. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  17. ^ Collette, Will (March 4, 2012). "Candidates for Convention Delegates Certified". Progressive Charlestown. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ Kalunian, Kim (January 24, 2012). "Gardiner calls cyber security Langevin's 'feather bed'". Warwick Beacon. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ McGowan, Dan (December 10, 2011). "GOP Rival says Langevin has Done Nothing in Congress". GoLocalProv. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  20. ^ electabel2012.com

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