United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Rhode Island

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November 6 Election Winner:
Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid D (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Rhode Island elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

Incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse (D) won re-election.[1]

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.[2]

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2012

Incumbent: The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Sheldon Whitehouse (D). First elected in 2006, Whitehouse is running for re-election in 2012.


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

General election candidates

Democratic Party Sheldon Whitehouse Green check mark transparent.png Incumbent
Republican Party Barry Hinckley
Independent Todd Giroux
Independent Dany LaPorte
Independent Christopher D. Reynolds
Independent David J. Slavin
Independent Gregory Raposa (Vigilant Fox Party)

Election results

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"

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Independent candidates

Race background

Democratic incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse, first elected in 2006, is seeking re-election in 2012.

Both Whitehouse and Republican challenger Barry Hinckley ran unopposed in their parties' primaries, which took place on September 11th. They will be joined on the general election ballot by five third party candidates: Independent candidates Todd Giroux, Dany LaPorte, Christopher D. Reynolds, and David J. Slavin are running as Independent candidates, and Gregory Raposa, who is running for the Vigilant Fox Party.


According to an analysis of the 2012 Senate elections published by The New York Times, Rhode Island's Senate race is rated as solid Democratic.[5]

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [6]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Rhode Island Senate
Month Rating
October 4, 2012[7]     
September 13, 2012[8]     
August 21, 2012[9]     
July 12, 2012[10]     
May 31, 2012[11]     
May 10, 2012[12]     
March 22, 2012[13]     
March 1, 2012[14]     
January 26, 2012[15]     
December 22, 2011[16]     
December 1, 2011[17]     

Election history


On November 4, 2008, Jack Reed won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Robert G. Tingle in the general election.[18]

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


On November 7, 2006, Sheldon Whitehouse won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Dwight Grotberg, Roland Riemers, and James Germalic in the general election.[19]

U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheldon Whitehouse 53.5% 206,043
     Republican Lincoln Chafee 46.5% 178,950
Total Votes 384,993

See also