Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) is favored to win a third term. Republicans have coalesced around former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders. State Rep. Robert Nardolillo left the race after Flanders won the GOP endorsement.
Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) is facing a difficult re-election bid. Former Rhode Island secretary of state Matt Brown (D) declared to run against her in the primary. Candidates in the Republican primary include former Cranston mayor Allan Fung, who lost to Raimondo in her 2014 race, state House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan and former state legislator Giovanni Feroce, a former CEO of jewelry company Alex and Ani.
The president-elect plans to huddle with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in Wilmington, Del., as he continues his transition to the White House.