United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Rhode Island

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Incumbent prior to election:
Jack Reed Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Rhode Island will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014. Mark Zaccaria, who ran unsuccessfully for Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District twice, said he knows that it will be difficult to unseat the well-funded, popular Sen. Jack Reed. He added, “I don’t think my campaign is going to be remarkably different. I’m not a different person. I think the message is going to hit more fertile ground this time than it did in the past.”[3][4] The race is rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 25, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Rhode Island is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary, but they will then be considered affiliated with that party. In order to disaffiliate, they must file a "Change of Party Designation" form.[6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by August 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014 (30 days prior to the election).[7]

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Jack Reed (D). Reed was first elected in 1996.


General election candidates

Withdrew from race

Declined to run

Race background

Democratic incumbent Jack Reed was first elected to the Senate in 1996, and he won re-election in 2002 and 2008.[10] No Republican has been elected to Reed’s Senate seat since 1930, and he is considered to be safe for re-election in 2014.

A Public Policy Poll released February 1, 2013, showed Reed in excellent standing for re-election in 2014. In addition to high job performance approval ratings, respondents said they would vote for Reed over all five potential Republican challengers included in the survey, with Reed winning by a minimum of 29 points against Brendan Doherty, and a maximum of 65 points against Curt Schilling.

The results prompted Dean Debna, the President of Public Policy Polling, to say that, "Jack Reed may very well be the least vulnerable Senator in the country up for re-election next year."[10]

Key votes

Below are important votes that Reed cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[11] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Jack Reed voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[12]


Jack Reed

  • Jack Reed was endorsed by the Democratic Party of Rhode Island on June 22, 2014.[13]

Mark Zaccaria

  • Mark Zaccaria was endorsed by the Republican Party of Rhode Island on June 26, 2014, at the Republican Endorsement Convention.[14]

Campaign contributions

Candidate ballot accecss
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Jack Reed

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Reed's reports.[15]

Jack Reed (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$1,859,833$248,715$(56,579)$2,051,969
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$2,051,969$704,411$(189,677)$2,566,703
October Quarterly[18]October 13, 2013$2,566,703.35$426,637.64$(150,119.23)$2,843,221.76
Year-End[19]January 18, 2014$2,843,221$479,693$(164,330)$3,158,585
April Quarterly[20]April 11, 2014$3,158,585.57$411,023.97$(161,751.74)$3,407,857.80
Running totals

Election history


Whitehouse won re-election in 2012. He defeated B. Barrett Hinckley, III (R) and various write-in challengers in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheldon Whitehouse Incumbent 64.8% 271,034
     Republican B. Barrett Hinckley, III 35% 146,222
     Write-in N/A 0.2% 933
Total Votes 418,189
Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 4, 2008, Jack Reed won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Robert G. Tingle (R) in the general election.[21]

U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJack Reed incumbent 73.4% 320,644
     Republican Robert G. Tingle 26.6% 116,174
Total Votes 436,818

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 Senate RACE RATINGS FOR August 15, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. Politifact, "Mark S. Zaccaria's file," accessed July8, 2014
  4. Providence Journal, "Former R.I. GOP chair Mark Zaccaria launches U.S. Senate campaign," July 7, 2014
  5. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  6. Rhode Island Board of Elections Website, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Rhode Island Secretary of State Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Senator in Congress," accessed June 25, 2014
  9. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Senator in Congress," accessed July 18, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Public Policy Polling, "Senator Reed with Large Lead Over Republicans," February 1, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Providence Journal, "R.I. Democrats endorse Frank Caprio for treasurer, slate of incumbents," June 22, 2014.
  14. WPRI.com, "RI Republicans endorse Fung for gov over Block," accessed June 27, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Jack Reed 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 29, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Reed Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013