2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island

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United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island, 2012

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Both Rhode Island seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 2 0
Seats won 2 0
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 232,679 161,926
Percentage 54.39% 37.85%
Swing Decrease0.97% Increase0.01%

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.[4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • David Cicilline, incumbent
  • Anthony Gemma, businessman 2010 candidate for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district[5]
  • Christopher Young

Declined[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%

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Cicilline (incumbent) 30,203 62.1
Democratic Anthony P. Gemma 14,702 30.2
Democratic Christopher F. Young 3,701 7.6
Total votes 48,606 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declined[edit]

  • John Loughlin, former state representative and 2010 candidate for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district[14]

General election[edit]

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%

Results[edit]

Rhode Island's 1st congressional district, 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Cicilline (incumbent) 108,612 53.0
Republican Brendan P. Doherty 83,737 40.8
Independent David S. Vogel 12,504 6.1
n/a Write-ins 262 0.1
Total votes 205,115 100.0
Democratic hold

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.[15]

Abel Collins, an environmental activist, will mount an independent campaign in the general election.[16]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Langevin (incumbent) 22,161 74.1
Democratic John O. Matson 7,748 25.9
Total votes 29,909 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Michael Gardiner, attorney and 2010 candidate for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district[18]
  • Michael Riley, hedge fund manager,<ref>McGowan, Dan (December 10, 2011). "GOP Rival says Langevin has Done Nothing in Congress". GoLocalProv. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  • Donald Rubbio
  • Kara Russo

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael G. Riley 5,283 65.6
Republican Kara D. Russo 1,488 18.5
Republican Michael J. Gardiner 825 10.2
Republican Donald F. Robbio 454 4.6
Total votes 8,050 100.0

General election[edit]

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% 48% 22% 17% 13%
WPRI 12 September 26–29, 2012 251 ± 6.2% 53% 29% 10% 8%

Results[edit]

Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district, 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Langevin (incumbent) 124,067 55.7
Republican Michael G. Riley 78,189 35.1
Independent Abel G. Collins 20,212 9.1
n/a Write-ins 192 0.1
Total votes 222,660 100.0
Democratic hold

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" (PDF). 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. ^ Peoples, Steve (April 29, 2011). "Langevin's Influence Jeopardized in Minority". GoLocalProv. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  16. ^ electabel2012.com
  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.

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