United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Rhode Island

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Jack Reed Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jack Reed Democratic Party
Jack Reed.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Rhode Island will elect 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 has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2014

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


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Potential candidates

Declined to run

  • Republican Party Brendan Doherty - former superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and the Republican nominee for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District in 2012
  • Republican Party Scott Avedisian - Mayor of Warwick
  • Republican Party Allan Fung - Mayor of Cranston

Race background

Democratic incumbent Jack Reed was first elected to the Senate in 1996, and he won re-election in 2002 and 2008.[3] 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."[3]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[4] 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.[5]

Election history


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
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"


On November 4, 2008, Jack Reed won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Robert G. Tingle (R) in the general election.[6]

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

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