Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Rhode Island Congressional Seats

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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Rhode Island's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 2 1

PROVIDENCE: Rhode Island: Rhode Island has two U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Both U.S. House incumbents are running for re-election and face at least one challenger in the general election. The incumbent for the U.S. Senate seat is running for re-election and will face six challengers.

Currently, the Democratic Party holds both U.S. House and U.S. Senate seats.

In Rhode Island, all of the polling locations open at 7 AM and all polls close at 8 PM local time.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

Incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse (D) is running for re-election and was first elected to the office in 2006. Both Whitehouse and Republican nominee Barry Hinckley ran unopposed in their primaries on September 11. In addition to Hinckley, five Independent candidates are also seeking the open Senate seat. According to race ratings, Rhode Island's U.S. Senate race is considered a solid Democratic seat, as Whitehouse is expected to coast to re-election.

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Rhode Island Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Sheldon Whitehouse
Republican Party Barry Hinckley
Independent Todd Giroux
Independent Dany LaPorte
Independent Christopher D. Reynolds
Independent David J. Slavin
IndependentGregory Raposa
Sheldon Whitehouse Pending Pending

U.S. House

While the 1st Congressional District is 65 percent Democratic, incumbent David Cicilline is still considered vulnerable in his race against Brendan Doherty. Cicilline, who was first elected in 2010, has outraised Doherty. Cicilline won his 2010 election by less than 10,000 votes.

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Rhode Island:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party David N. Cicilline
Republican Party Brendan Doherty
Independent C. Michael Blake
Independent Kenneth A. Capalbo
Independent David S. Vogel
David N. Cicilline Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party James R. Langevin
Republican Party Michael G. Riley
IndependentAbel G. Collins
James R. Langevin Pending Pending
Members of the U.S. House from Rhode Island-- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 2 2
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved February 2012 

For more information, view Redistricting in Rhode Island.


See also

Rhode Island