United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2014
November 4, 2014
September 9, 2014
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.
The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Jack Reed (D). Reed was first elected in 1996.
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- Jack Reed - Incumbent
Declined to run
- Brendan Doherty - former superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and the Republican nominee for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District in 2012
- Scott Avedisian - Mayor of Warwick
- Allan Fung - Mayor of Cranston
Democratic incumbent Jack Reed was first elected to the Senate in 1996, and he won re-election in 2002 and 2008. 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."
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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 funds 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. 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.
On November 6, 2012, Sheldon Whitehouse won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Barry Hinckley, Todd Giroux, Dany LaPorte, Christopher D. Reynolds, David J. Slavin and Gregory Raposa in the general election.
|U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Sheldon Whitehouse Incumbent||64.8%||271,034|
|Republican||B. Barrett Hinckley, III||35%||146,222|
|Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2008|
|Democrat||Jack Reed incumbent||73.4%||320,644|
|Republican||Robert G. Tingle||26.6%||116,174|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island, 2014
- United States Senate elections, 2014
- Rhode Island Board of Elections Website, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
- Public Policy Polling, "Senator Reed with Large Lead Over Republicans," February 1, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013