Rhode Island holds primary elections on Tuesday, the last day of primaries in the 2022 election cycle. Polls in most states close at 8 p.m. local time. Follow the results live.
Rhode Island has two congressional districts, both 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.
The Langevin District is located in the western region of the state and includes parts of Providence, Warwick, and Cranston.
State Treasurer General Seth Magaziner appears to be the overwhelming favorite in the race – he has been endorsed by Langevin and the state party, and polls indicate he comfortably leads his opponents. According to a recent WPRI-TV CBS 12 and Roger Williams University poll, Magaziner leads with 37% of the vote, 29 percentage points ahead of former Providence Councilman and State Representative David Segal and Sarah Morgenthau, former Deputy Undersecretary. for Travel and Tourism with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Morgenthau, who follows Magaziner in fundraising, argued it was time for the state to elect a female Democrat to Congress for the first time, following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Allan Fung, the only Republican contender. Republicans hope Fung, the former mayor of Cranston and a self-proclaimed moderate Republican, will topple the 2nd District, which opted for President Joe Biden by 12 points in 2020. The district is among 75 districts that the National Congressional Committee Republican 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 one game.
In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Democrat David Cicilline is seeking to retain his seat against Republican Allen Waters, a former investment consultant, in November. Cicilline, an openly gay candidate who won re-election in 2020 with 71% of the vote, is running in a safe blue neighborhood in the eastern region of the state.
Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is battling four Democratic challengers as he seeks his first full term. McKee took the seat last year when then-governor. Gina Raimondo has been named U.S. Secretary of Commerce in Biden’s cabinet.
Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, former CVS leader Helena Foulkes, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and physician Luis Daniel Muñoz. McKee, the former lieutenant governor, is vying for McKee’s seat.
The start, usually a strategic advantage, doesn’t do 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 that 43% of Rhode Island voters disapprove of McKee’s job performance and his favor ranks last among all incumbent governors.
In November, the Democratic candidate will face one of the two candidates running for the Republican primary, Ashley Kalus and Jonathan Riccitelli.
Four other state executive positions are up for election this year: lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer. Additionally, all Rhode Island House and Senate seats are also on the ballot.