Embattled Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has easily survived a primary scare, winning a rematch of his 2010 primary and setting the stage for a marquee House race this fall.
With 74 percent of precincts reporting, Cicilline led businessman Anthony Gemma 61 percent to 31 percent. In the general election, he will faceformer state police superintendent Brendan Doherty, who was unopposed for the GOP nomination.
Most observers think Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) will be fine in today’s primary. The question is how fine.
The former Providence mayor and freshman congressman has seen his approval rating drop precipitously since winning his seat in 2010, as his supposedly strong record as mayor disappeared after the city discovered a $110 million budget shortfall.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is a little safer under a congressional map proposed by the state’s redistricting commission late Monday, but not as safe as he could have been.
And the embattled congressman has got his colleague to thank for that.
Rhode Island, despite having just two congressional districts, has undergone what has been one of the more contentious and openly hostile redistricting battles in the country.
Cicilline and fellow Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin have been at odds over what the map should look like, with Langevin accusing line-drawers of moving Democrats into Cicilline’s district in order to inoculate him from a competitive race in what should already be a very safe district.
In the end, the state’s redistricting commission voted Monday night to recommend a map with less drastic changes that still helps Cicilline somewhat.