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Langevin wins RI’s 2nd Congressional District, WPRI projects

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Congressman Jim Langevin has won the Democratic primary for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District, Eyewitness News projects.

Langevin defeated two challengers, Steven Archer and John Hamilton.

Langevin, 52, has represented the 2nd District in the U.S. House since he was first elected in 2000. He was previously Rhode Island’s secretary of state and a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Langevin never appeared to face a real threat from Archer or Hamilton, who challenged him from the ideological right and left, respectively. The pair spent less than $10,000 combined taking on the veteran incumbent, who had more than $900,000 in his campaign account as of last month.

Langevin will face two opponents in the November election, Republican Rhue Reis and independent Salvatore Caiozzo. Reis previously ran against Langevin in 2014, losing 62% to 38%.

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