PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic Congressman David Cicilline has won the 1st Congressional District race in Rhode Island, the Associated Press projects.
Cicilline beat two independents, Jeffrey Lemire and Fred Wysocki.
Cicilline, a 59-year-old Democrat, faced no Republican opponent as he sought a sixth term, as the GOP decided not to put up a candidate this election cycle. He was first elected in 2010 and has risen in the risks of House Democratic leadership.
Lemire, 53, of Providence, and Wysoki, 65, of Woonsocket, both ran long-shot campaigns, claiming they would provide the district with a more conservative voice to Cicilline.
The independent candidates, however, struggled to raise money and garner name recognition in a district where Cicilline has proven increasingly popular among voters over the years.
During the campaign, Cicilline promised to continue to advocate on behalf of Rhode Islanders and advance his own legislative agenda. The latter includes reducing prescription drug prices, advocating for the protections of people negatively affected by the pandemic and making it easier for small businesses to navigate the bankruptcy process, he said.
Read Cicilline’s statement on his re-election below:
The people of Rhode Island have spoken. With a clear voice, we have let it be known that we do not want another four years of Donald Trump dividing our country and leading us down a dangerous road. It is time to change course. After four long years of turmoil and strife, Rhode Islanders are ready to bring our country together and heal the wounds that Donald Trump has opened.
There is no limit to what Americans can achieve when we are united. We can turn the tide against the pandemic. We can build back better with an economy that rewards hard work and gives everyone a fair chance, deliver racial justice, ensure our veterans get the benefits they’ve earned, take on the challenge of climate change, and protect LGBTQ+ Americans from discrimination.
I want to thank the working men and women of our state for giving me the opportunity tonight to continue fighting for the values we share. Whether you voted early, by mail, or in-person today, you helped show the world that our democracy can withstand any challenge – foreign, domestic, and even a deadly pandemic.
Thank you for the trust you have placed in me. Serving as your representative is a privilege for which I am eternally grateful.U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline