David Cicilline Wins Big Over Anthony Gemma
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Incumbent Congressman David Cicilline convincingly defeated challenger Anthony Gemma in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, according to the Board of Elections.
Cicilline had over 60 percent of the vote with 72 percent of the precincts reporting.
Cicilline, who has faced severe criticism for his handling of the city’s finance during his eight-year tenure as Mayor, dismissed Gemma’s accusations and mostly focused his attention on national issues as he sought to convince voters that he was the choice in the race.
The resounding win came nearly seven months after a Brown University poll showed Cicilline had a 14.8 percent approval rating, one of the lowest ratings of any member of Congress in the country.
But thanks in part to endorsements from the state’s most popular politicians (Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras) as well as the fact that Providence avoided filing for bankruptcy earlier this year, Cicilline was able to improve his standing among voters and pull out the victory.
Cicilline now face a challenge from Republican candidate Brendan Doherty, who held a double-digit lead in the polls earlier this year.
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