Rhode Island Primary Results LIVE: Nasty Race in the 1st Congressional to be Decided Tonight


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9:14pm: Well that does it for us. Live blog, out. 

9:08pm: Here's what the fundraising picture looks like in the 1st between Cicilline and Doherty. Gemma, tonight's also-ran, self-financed his campaign to the tune of 80%.

8:57pm: David Cicilline has defeated Anthony Gemma in the Democratic 1st congressional race.

8:54pm: Poll taken in the Whitehouse-Hinckley race all the way back in February:

8:46pm: PolicyMic is calling the GOP 2nd for Michael Riley. From ProJo:

8:42pm: From ProJo:

8:27pm: Very early results from WPRI. We've already called the Den 2nd for Langevin.

8:15pm: No results available yet. In the meantime, remember that weird baseball ad Barry Hinckley did with his son? In it he said, 

“Under Sheldon Whitehouse’s management, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has more than doubled.”

Unfortunately for Hinckley, Whitehouse doesn't manage Rhode Island. Hinckley might want to talk to Donald Carcieri about Rhode Island's unemployment rate instead

8:00pm: We can call the 2nd Democratic for James Langevin, the incumbent. He will face the winner of tonight's GOP primary.


Rhode Island voters head to the polls on Tuesday to select candidates for various federal, state, and local offices. This year, Rhode Island's new voter identification law went into effect, requiring voters to show acceptable forms of ID at the polls. According to the Rhode Island Secretary of State's office:

We will provide a free Voter ID to voters who don't already have a current and valid Photo ID

No eligible voter will be turned away at the polls. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to their polling place can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. The ballot will be counted if the signature they give at their polling place matches the signature on their voter registration

Voter ID will be phased in over two election cycles. In 2012 and 2013, voters can also use a variety of non-photo IDs including a Social Security or Medicare card. Beginning in 2014, only Photo IDs will be accepted at the poll

Mail ballots do not require ID

At the federal level, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is running unopposed, as is his November opponent, Republican Barry Hinckley. A poll conducted in February showed Whitehouse with a 50% to 28% lead over his Republican challenger. 

In the Democratic primary for the 1st congressional district, incumbent David Cicilline is facing a tough challenge from businessman Anthony Gemma in what has become a nasty campaign. The winner will face Republican Brendan Doherty in the November general election. Four-fifths of Gemma's campaign is self-funded, but he still trails Cicilline, who leads all candidates in fundraising:

In the 2nd congressional district, incumbent James Langevin is expected to fend off a challenge from John O. Matson in the Democratic primary. On the Republican side, four candidates are fighting for a shot in the November election. They are Michael Gardner, Michael Riley, Donald Robbio, and Karen Russo. Party favorite Riley is expected to emerge victorious. 

For state and locall races, check out WPRI.com

Polls in the state close at 8pm