RESULTS: Rhode Island holds gubernatorial and US House elections
Rhode Island is holding primary elections on Tuesday, the final primary day of the 2022 election cycle. Polls in most of the state close at 8 p.m. local time. Follow along for live results.
Rhode Island has two congressional districts, both of which are occupied by Democrats. Both districts are up for grabs in November.
In the state's competitive 2nd Congressional District, six candidates are running in the Democratic primary to succeed incumbent Jim Langevin, who is retiring after 11 terms.
Langevin's district is located in the western region of the state and includes parts of Providence, Warwick, and Cranston.
State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner appears to be the clear favorite in the race — he was endorsed by Langevin and the state party, and polls indicate that he comfortably leads his opponents. According to a recent poll by WPRI-TV CBS 12 and Roger Williams University, Magaziner leads with 37% of the poll vote, 29 percentage points ahead of both former Providence city councilor and state Rep. David Segal and Sarah Morgenthau, former deputy assistant secretary for travel and tourism with the US Department of Commerce.
Morgenthau, who trails Magaziner in fundraising, has argued that it's time for the state to elect a Democratic woman to Congress for the first time, in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The winner of the Democratic primary will run against Allan Fung, the sole Republican competitor. Republicans are hopeful that Fung, the former mayor of Cranston and a self-styled moderate Republican, will flip the 2nd District, which went for President Joe Biden by 12 points in 2020. The district is among 75 districts the National Republican Congressional Committee will be targeting in November.
In a June poll by Suffolk University and The Boston Globe, Fung led Magaziner 44.9% to 38.5% in a matchup.
In the 1st Congressional District, Democratic incumbent David Cicilline is looking to retain his seat against Republican Allen Waters, a former investment consultant, in November. Cicilline, an openly gay candidate who in 2020 won reelection with 71% of the vote, is running in a safely blue district located in the eastern region of the state.
Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee is battling against four Democratic challengers as he seeks his first full term in office. McKee picked up the seat last year when then-Gov. Gina Raimondo was appointed the US secretary of commerce in Biden's cabinet.
Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, former CVS executive Helena Foulkes, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, and physician Luis Daniel Muñoz. McKee, the former lieutenant governor, are vying for McKee's seat.
Incumbency, usually a strategic advantage, isn't doing much for McKee as he faces a tough battle against Gorbea. A recent poll by Fleming & Associates/WPRI/Roger Williams University showed a tight race: 28% for McKee and 25% for Gorbea. A July Morning Consult survey found 43% of Rhode Island voters disapprove of McKee's job performance, and that his favorability ranks last among all incumbent governors.
In November, the Democratic nominee will face one of two candidates running in the Republican primary, Ashley Kalus and Jonathan Riccitelli.
Four other state executive offices are up for election this year: lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer. Additionally, all of Rhode Island's House and Senate seats are also on the ballot.
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