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2012 elections preview: Rhode Island voters to select winners in congressional, legislative primaries

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September 10, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continues tomorrow with elections in Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Here's is happening in Rhode Island, where most polls open at 7:00 AM and all polls close at 8:00 PM EST.

Contested Primaries in Rhode Island-- September 11, 2012
U.S. House
(2 seats)
State Legislature
(113 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 2 (100%) 43 (38%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 2 (100%) 5 (4%)


U.S. Senate

United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2012

There are no contested primaries in Rhode Island's U.S. Senate race tomorrow. Democratic incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican challenger Barry Hinckley are both running unopposed in their primaries. Todd Giroux, Dany LaPorte, Christopher D. Reynolds, and David J. Slavin are running as Independent candidates. In addition, Gregory Raposa is running for the Vigilant Fox Party.

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island, 2012

Rhode Island has two congressional seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 16 candidates filed to run, made up of 4 Democratic challengers, 6 Republican challengers, 2 incumbents, and 4 third-party candidates. Including states with primaries tomorrow, a total of 429 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 55.01% of possible primaries have been contested. Rhode Island's contested figure of 100% (4 out of 4 possible party primaries) is much more competitive than the national average.

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

State legislature

See also Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2012 and Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2012

In Rhode Island, there are 113 total legislative seats with elections in 2012. There are 43 (38%) contested Democratic primaries and 5 (4%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there are 48 (21%) races with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 21% figure of contested primaries in Rhode Island is higher than the current national contested average of 18.4%.

There are a total of 34 incumbents facing primary opposition -- 32 Democrats and 2 Republicans. Some of the incumbents facing a primary challenge are:


Democratic Party District 14: Incumbent Daniel Da Ponte (D) is challenged by State Rep. Roberto DaSilva.
Democratic Party District 25: 19 year old University of Rhode Island student Nicole Amelia Acciardo is taking on incumbent Frank Lombardo III.
Republican Party District 34: Incumbent Francis Maher is faces a challenge from Paul R. Mcfadden.


Democratic Party District 8 freshman Michael Tarro (D) faces challenges from Elizabeth Libby Kimzey and John Joseph Lombardi.
Democratic Party District 44: Peter Petrarca faces a stiff challenge from Gregory Costantino.
Democratic Party District 49 incumbent Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D) is challenged by Stuart Gitlow and Michael Morin.
Democratic Party District 59: Incumbent J. Patrick O'Neill, in office since 2005, faces John Arcaro.

Rhode Island House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 65 69
     Republican Party 10 6
Total 75 75

Rhode Island State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 29 32
     Republican Party 8 5
     Independent 1 1
Total 38 38

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