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United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Rhode Island

Primary Date
September 11, 2012

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Rhode Island District Pages
District 1District 2

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island took place on November 6, 2012. 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 27, 2012
September 11, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Rhode Island has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by August 12. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[1]

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the two districts was considered to be in play, District 1.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win both districts while Republicans would win 0 seats.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

Rhode Island tied with Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Washington for having the most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 100% of major party primaries having been contested (4 out of 4). The national average was 54.31%.

Two U.S. House incumbents ran for re-election in Rhode Island in 2012. 2 of those 2 (100%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held each of the two Congressional seats from Rhode Island.

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

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the two congressional districts were:

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

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 2 seats up for election in 2012 in Rhode Island. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
Rhode Island, District 1 Democratic Party David Cicilline 12.1% 205,115 Brendan Doherty
Rhode Island, District 2 Democratic Party James R. Langevin 20.6% 222,660 Michael G. Riley

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party David Cicilline
Republican Party Brendan Doherty
IndependentC. Michael Blake
IndependentKenneth A. Capalbo
IndependentDavid S. Vogel
David N. Cicilline Democratic Party David Cicilline No
2nd Democratic Party James R. Langevin
Republican Party Michael G. Riley
Independent Abel G. Collins
James R. Langevin Democratic Party James R. Langevin No

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party David N. Cicilline Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brendan Doherty
Independent C. Michael Blake
Independent Kenneth A. Capalbo
Independent David S. Vogel


September 11, 2012, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent Candidates

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party James R. Langevin Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael G. Riley
Independent Abel G. Collins


September 11, 2012, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidates

See also

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