Rep. Cicilline wins primary in Rhode Island

September 11, 2012

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.


Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.). (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

With 74 percent of precincts reporting, Cicilline led businessman Anthony Gemma 61 percent to 31 percent. In the general election, he will face former state police superintendent Brendan Doherty, who was unopposed for the GOP nomination.

Cicilline, a former Providence mayor, joined Congress in 2011. Since then, he has seen his stewardship of the city come under fire -- so much so that he found himself in trouble in both the primary and general election, despite his heavily Democratic district.

But Gemma ran an at-times-bizarre campaign, and Cicilline was able to mobilize the Democratic Party apparatus in his favor.

Early independent polling in the general election has shown Cicilline trailing Doherty by a significant margin, even though the district, after being drawn more Democratic by state lawmakers, would have gone 66 percent for President Obama in 2008.

But National Democrats released an automated poll Tuesday night, conducted by the committee, showing Cicilline leading Doherty 49 percent to 43 percent.

For more on the race, see our preview from earlier today.

 

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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