Whitehouse wins Democratic nomination for US Senate

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has won the Democratic nomination for Senate, Eyewitness News projects.

Whitehouse defeated challenger Patricia Fontes.

“I am grateful to have earned the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate as we head into the most important midterm election of our time,” Whitehouse said in a statement. “With President Trump in the White House and Republicans in Congress incapable of checking him, we need balance in Washington. Democrats need to win every possible seat in November to defend Social Security and Medicare, protect affordable health care and women’s rights, invest in our infrastructure and create good jobs, clean up corruption, and leave this planet a better, safer place for our kids.  I look forward to talking with Rhode Islanders in the weeks ahead about my strong track record of getting results for the Ocean State.”

Whitehouse, a former U.S. attorney and Rhode Island attorney general, is seeking a third six-year term in the Senate. He defeated then-Republican Lincoln Chafee in 2006 and Republican Barry Hinckley in 2012.

Fontes, an 81-year-old Hopkinton resident who spent her career as college professor, ran a long-shot campaign as an anti-war candidate.

Whitehouse will face Republican Robert Flanders in the general election Nov. 6. Flanders is an attorney and former Rhode Island Supreme Court justice.

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