PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) —Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has won re-election to serve a third term, CBS News projects.
Whitehouse defeated Republican nominee Bob Flanders.
“It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the Ocean State in the Senate, and I’m grateful to Rhode Islanders for overwhelmingly electing me to a third term,” Whitehouse said in a statement. “I’m going to spend the next six years working hard to build on all the progress we’ve made for Rhode Island families and vigorously defending that progress from attempts to take us backwards. I’d like to thank Bob Flanders for a lively discussion about the issues at this important time in our nation’s history. I wish him well.”
Whitehouse had been favored throughout the year and led by a wide margin in public polls, buoyed by antipathy to President Trump in Rhode Island and a huge fundraising advantage. Flanders sought to make a major issue out of how Whitehouse handled the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.
Whitehouse was first elected in 2006, when he beat then-Republican Lincoln Chafee, and re-elected in 2012. His new term will last six years, through 2024.
Rhode Island’s other U.S. senator, Democrat Jack Reed, is up for re-election in 2020.