United States Senate election in Rhode Island, 2002

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United States Senate election in Rhode Island, 2002
Rhode Island
1996 ←
November 4, 2002
→ 2008

  Jack Reed, official photo portrait, 2008.jpg
Nominee Jack Reed Robert Tingle
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 253,922 69,881
Percentage 78.4% 21.6%

Rhode Island Election Results by County, all Democratic.svg

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Jack Reed
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Jack Reed
Democratic

The 2002 United States Senate election in Rhode Island took place on November 4, 2002. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Jack Reed won re-election to a second term. Reed's best performance was in Providence County, where he won with over 80% of the vote.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jack Reed (inc.) 85,315 100.00%
Totals 85,315 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Party primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Tingle 16,041 100.00%
Totals 16,041 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Reed was an extremely popular senator who got token opposition in the general election. A May Brown University poll showed the incumbent with a 73% approval rating, higher than any other elected lawmaker in the state.[4] In June 2002, Tingle announced his candidacy.[5] Tingle described himself as a working man with a family, while Reed is single and a veteran politician.[6] In an October poll, Reed was up 61% to 14%.[7]

Results[edit]

General election results[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jack Reed (inc.) 253,922 78.43% +15.12%
Republican Robert Tingle 69,881 21.57% -13.38%
Majority 183,966 56.85% +28.50%
Turnout 323,582
Democratic hold Swing

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