Rhode Island elections, 2014

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Contents
1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in Rhode Island
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Rhode Island
2.1 Voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Rhode Island

The state of Rhode Island held elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

2014 elections and events in Rhode Island
State House special election (primary) January 21, 2014 Red padlock.png
State House special election (runoff) February 25, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for all candidates June 25, 2014 Red padlock.png
Deadline for candidates to submit nomination papers to run for office July 1, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election August 10, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary election date September 9, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for general election October 5, 2014 Red padlock.png
General election date November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
Statewide ballot measures November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
School board elections (2) November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png

Below are the types of elections that were scheduled in Rhode Island in 2014:

On the 2014 ballot
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U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (7 measure) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Legislature


See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2014 and Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections for the office of Rhode Island House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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1 U.S. Senate elections in Rhode Island
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
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U.S. Senate elections in Rhode Island

See also: United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

Voters in Rhode Island elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

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.[1]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by August 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014 (30 days prior to the election).[2]

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2014

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

Candidates


General election candidates

Withdrew from race

Declined to run

Election results

U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJack Reed Incumbent 70.6% 223,675
     Republican Mark Zaccaria 29.2% 92,684
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 539
Total Votes 316,898
Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections

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Democratic incumbent Jack Reed was first elected to the Senate in 1996, and he won re-election in 2002 and 2008.[5] No Republican has been elected to Reed’s Senate seat since 1930, and he was 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."[5]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island took place on November 4, 2014. Voters elected two candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's two congressional districts.

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.[1]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by August 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014 (30 days prior to the election).[2]

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held both of the two congressional seats from Rhode Island.

Members of the U.S. House from Rhode Island -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 2 2

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the two congressional districts were:

Name Party District
David Cicilline Electiondot.png Democratic 1
James R. Langevin Electiondot.png Democratic 2

List of candidates by district


1st Congressional District

General election candidates


September 9, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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U.S. House, Rhode Island District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Cicilline Incumbent 59.5% 87,060
     Republican Cormick Lynch 40.2% 58,877
     N/A Write-in 0.3% 416
Total Votes 146,353
Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Failed to file


U.S. House, Rhode Island District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames R. Langevin Incumbent 62.2% 105,716
     Republican Rhue Reis 37.6% 63,844
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 344
Total Votes 169,904
Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections

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State executive official elections in Rhode Island

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See also: Rhode Island state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Rhode Island
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor
2.3 Attorney General
2.4 Secretary of State
2.5 Down ballot offices

Five state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Rhode Island.

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Rhode Island:

List of candidates by office

Governor


General election

Democratic Party Gina Raimondo - State Treasurer[13][14]Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Allan Fung - Mayor of Cranston[15][16]
Moderate Party Robert Healey - Moderate Party candidate[17]
Independent Kate Fletcher[18]
Independent Leon Kayarian[18]

Withdrawn or removed from ballot

Independent Thomas Davis[19]
Independent Christopher Reynolds[18]
Moderate Party James Spooner - Moderate Party candidate[18]
Independent Anna Winograd Vrankar - Compassion Party candidate[18]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Angel Taveras - Mayor of Providence[20]
Democratic Party Todd Giroux - 2010 Independent candidate for governor[21]
Democratic Party Clay Pell - U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education[22]
Republican Party Ken Block - Founder and former head of the Rhode Island Moderate Party[23]

Declined

Democratic Party Lincoln Chafee - Incumbent[24]
Democratic Party Ernest Almonte - Former State Auditor[25][26]
Republican Party Scott Avedisian - Mayor of Warwick[16][27]
Republican Party Brendan Doherty - Former state police superintendent and and 2012 Republican nominee for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District
Republican Party John Robitaille - 2010 candidate for governor[28][29]

Lieutenant Governor


General election

Democratic Party Daniel McKee - Cumberland Mayor[30]Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Catherine Terry Taylor - former speechwriter and 2010 candidate for Secretary of State[31]
Libertarian Party Tony Jones[32]
Independent Thomas David Gallant - Constitutionalist Party candidate[18]
Independent William Gilbert - Moderate Party candidate[18]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Ralph Mollis - Secretary of State[33]
Democratic Party Frank Ferri - State representative[34]
Republican Party Kara Young[35]

Declined

Democratic Party Joshua Miller - State Senator[36]

Attorney General


General election

Democratic Party Peter Kilmartin - IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dawson Hodgson - State Senator[37]

Secretary of State


General election

Democratic Party Nellie Gorbea - Former Deputy Secretary of State[38]Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Carlevale[18]
Independent Pamela Azar[18]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Guillaume de Ramel - Newport businessman[39]

Declined

Democratic Party Terry Hassett - Providence City Councilor[40]
Democratic Party Ed Pacheco - Former state representative and state Democratic Party chairman[41][42]

Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
General Treasurer Gina Raimondo
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2011 No Democratic Party Seth Magaziner
Independent Ernest Almonte
Democratic Party Seth Magaziner No


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State Senate election in Rhode Island

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See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Rhode Island State Senate:

Rhode Island State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 32 32
     Republican Party 5 5
     Independent 1 1
Total 38 38

List of candidates by district

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38

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State House elections in Rhode Island

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See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2014 State legislative special elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
Contents
1 State House elections in Rhode Island
1.1 Regularly scheduled elections
1.2 Special elections by date

There were both regular elections and special elections scheduled for the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2014.

Regularly scheduled elections


Elections for the office of Rhode Island House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Rhode Island House of Representatives:

Rhode Island House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 69 63
     Republican Party 6 11
     Independent 0 1
Total 75 75

List of candidates by district

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63District 64District 65District 66District 67District 68District 69District 70District 71District 72District 73District 74District 75

Special elections by date


February 25, 2014 runoff



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Statewide ballot measure elections in Rhode Island

See also: Rhode Island 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Seven statewide ballot measures were certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Rhode Island.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Gambling Authorizes casino gaming at the Newport Grand facility in Newport Defeatedd
LRCA Question 2 Gambling Prohibits changes in location of gambling without the approval of electors Approveda
ABR Question 3 Con Cons Dictates whether or not Rhode Island holds a constitutional convention Defeatedd
BI Question 4 Bonds Permits the issuance of a bond of $125 million to construct a new College of Engineering building Approveda
BI Question 5 Bonds Permits the issuance of a bond of $35 million to fund artistic, historic and cultural centers Approveda
BI Question 6 Bonds Permits the issuance of $35 million in bonds to fund enhancements and renovations to mass transit hub infrastructure Approveda
BI Question 7 Bonds Permits the issuance of $53 million in bonds for environmental and recreational purposes Approveda


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School board elections in Rhode Island

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and Rhode Island school board elections, 2014

In 2014, 665 of America's largest school districts held elections for 2,169 seats. These elections took place in 37 states.


State elections


A total of two Rhode Island school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 10 seats. Each district held elections on November 4, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about Rhode Island's school board elections in 2014:

The districts listed below served 20,827 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[49] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Rhode Island School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Cranston Public Schools 11/4/2014 7 7 10,653
Warwick Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 10,174



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Voting in Rhode Island

See also: Voting in Rhode Island

Important voting information

  • 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.[1]
  • As of December 2014, Rhode Island is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Rhode Island, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Rhode Island is one of seven states that do not have any form of early voting.[50]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Rhode Island ranked 23rd out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Rhode Island received an overall score of 66 percent.[51]

See also

References

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  2. Rhode Island Secretary of State Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Senator in Congress," accessed June 25, 2014
  4. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Senator in Congress," accessed July 18, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Public Policy Polling, "Senator Reed with Large Lead Over Republicans," February 1, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Associated Press, "Rhode Island - Summary Vote Results," accessed September 9, 2014
  7. Providence Journal, "Republican Cormick Lynch mounts challenge for Rep. Cicilline’s seat in Congress," accessed April 24, 2014
  8. Providence Journal, "Cumberland man announces run for Congress in R.I.'s 1st District," accessed September 11, 2013
  9. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Representative In Congress District 1," accessed August 21, 2014
  10. Providence Journal, "Newcomer Republican Reis to challenge Democrat incumbent Rep. Langevin," accessed January 25, 2014
  11. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Representative In Congress District 2," accessed June 25, 2014
  12. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Representative In Congress District 1," accessed August 21, 2014
  13. The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
  14. Public Policy Polling, "Chafee unpopular; Rhode Island voters support gay marriage," January 31, 2013
  15. GoLocal Providence, "Cranston Mayor Allan Fung: 13 To Watch in RI in 2013," January 1, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 WPRI TV, "Fung, Robitaille, Block may run for gov against Dems, Chafee," August 7, 2012
  17. Facebook, "Robert J. Healey for Governor, accessed September 15, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates," accessed June 27, 2014
  19. Thomas Davis for Governor of RI, "About," January 28, 2014
  20. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Angel Taveras hires top Washington, D.C. firm to plan governor race," March 22, 2013
  21. GoLocalProv, "The Scoop: Giroux to Run for Gov, RI Tea Party Talks Obamacare," October 4, 2013
  22. GoLocalProv, "Clay Pell Looks To Run For Governor in 2014," October 15, 2013
  23. WPRI, "Ken Block to run for governor in '14," May 21, 2013
  24. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  25. governor-in-2014/ WPRI "Let the games begin – Almonte files to run for governor in 2014," accessed May 15, 2012
  26. WPRI, "Ernie Almonte abandons campaign for governor to run for RI treasurer," May 16, 2013
  27. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Avedisian Says He's Not Considering Gov's Office Following Chafee's Stunner," September 5, 2013
  28. WPRI, "Republican Robitaille eyeing 2014 governor's race," August 5, 2013
  29. Boston.com, "Robitaille says no plans to run for RI governor," October 18, 2013 (dead link)
  30. Rhode Island Public Radio, "McKee Organizes in Race for Lieutenant Governor," July 25, 2013
  31. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Catherine Taylor Joins Race for Lieutenant Governor," June 10, 2014
  32. Libertarian Party of Rhode Island, "2014 Candidates," accessed June 19, 2014
  33. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Mollis Intends to Run For Lieutenant Governor in 2014," July 29, 2013
  34. Ferri Lt Governor, "Home," accessed June 19, 2014
  35. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
  36. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Josh Miller Decides Against 2014 Run for Lieutenant Governor," July 22, 2013
  37. North Kingston Patch, "Hodgson Considers Running For AG," September 26, 2013
  38. Providence Journal, "Nellie Gorbea resigning post at HousingWorks RI to run for secretary of state," July 25, 2013
  39. WPRI, "Democrat de Ramel to run for Secretary of State in 2014," January 24, 2013
  40. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Hassett Throws Support in Secretary of State Race to Pacheco," May 23, 2013
  41. WPRI, "Former Rep. Ed Pacheco running for secretary of state," April 22, 2013
  42. Providence Journal, "Democrat Edwin Pacheco drops out of race for R.I. secretary of state," October 12, 2013
  43. boston.com, "Woonsocket to hold special legislative primary," January 18, 2014(Archived)
  44. Providence Journal, "Morin defeats 2 primary challengers to gain hold on Woonsocket House seat," January 21, 2014
  45. ctpost.com, "Morin wins Woonsocket election for RI House seat," February 26, 2014(Archived)
  46. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Official Primary election results," accessed March 26, 2014
  47. ripr.org, "Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket," December 3, 2013
  48. turnto10.com, "State sets special election for Woonsocket House seat," December 4, 2013
  49. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  50. National Conference of State Legislatures "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
  51. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014