Rhode Island election results 2012: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wins reelection; Obama wins easily
Here is a summary of the election results in Rhode Island: (View full map)
President Obama coasted to victory in the state of Rhode Island, winning its four electoral votes. The reliably blue State has voted for a Republican presidential candidate in only four elections since 1928.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) won his first bid for re-election against Republican challenger Barry Hinckley (R), according to the Associated Press. Throughout the campaign, Hinckley distanced himself from the Romney-Ryan ticket, vowing his support for the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan.
1st Congressional District
Incumbent Rep. David N. Cicilline (D) defeated Republican challenger Brendan Doherty in an unexpectedly close election. Cicilline is a first-term congressman who became the country’s fourth openly gay member of Congress when elected two years ago. Doherty, former head of the Rhode Island state police, had criticized Cicilline’s leadership as mayor of Providence, which accumulated $110 million deficit while he was in office. Doherty’s surprise surge forced the Democrats to spend $350,000 in advertising time on the district, an unexpected expense. Still, Cicilline prevailed, buoyed by President Clinton’s recent endorsement and robo-calls to Rhode Island residents. The state has not elected a Republican congressional representative to the House since 1992.
2nd Congressional District
Incumbent Rep. Jim Langevin (D) coasted to victory as representative of Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional District, according to the Associated Press. He defeated Republican challenger Michael Riley, who lent close to $600,000 of his own money to his campaign.
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