Rhode Island 9/12 Primary: At a Glance


The entire state legislature is up for re-election this November, as well as their governor, U.S. senator, and U.S. representatives. Here’s the 411 on Rhode Island’s primary.

Rhode Island has its statewide primary election on Wednesday, September 12. If you’re a voter in Rhode Island, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!

Rhode Island Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Vote by mail info here

Rhode Island Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
• Both House Representatives (2) are up for re-election
• Voted +15 for Clinton in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (D)
>>> State Senate 31 (D) – 5 (R) – 1 (I)   plus one vacant seat
>>> State House 62 (D) – 12 (R) – 1 (I)

Key Races

The sitting governor, Gina Raimondo (D), is seeking re-election. There are two other candidates running in the Democratic primary:

Gina Raimondo – website
Matt Brown – website
Spencer Dickinson – website

Currently, both U.S. House Representatives are Democrats. The incumbent for District 1 is David Cicilline; Christopher Young is also running in the Democratic primary. The incumbent in District 2, Jim Langevin, is running for re-election and is unopposed in the primary.

Incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse (D) is running for re-election. His seat is crucial to hold if the Democrats want a chance at flipping the Senate. His campaign website can be found here.

All 38 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 75 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Rhode Island Elections 2018You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Rhode Island Democrats.

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