Rhode Island: David Cicilline Gets Second Term
Posted at 10:41 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2012
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. David Cicilline (D) hung on to win a second House term, according to the Associated Press.
Cicilline was in electoral trouble from the early days of his tenure in 2011. Rhode Islanders were furious with him when it was revealed he left the city of Providence in dire financial straits as mayor.
Republicans were bullish on their recruit, former State Police Superintendent Brendan Doherty. The National Republican Congressional Committee dedicated a great deal of money and attention to the race.
But the heavily Democratic nature of the district was enough to carry Cicilline over the finish line. At the time the Associated Press called the race, Cicilline was up by 9 points. He is on track to improve on his 6-point margin of victory in 2010.