PROVIDENCE — Democrat David Cicilline won a second term in Rhode Island’s First Congressional District after fighting off a challenge from Republican Brendan Doherty.
Doherty, a former head of the State Police, ran the strongest Republican campaign for Congress in years in the state. He criticized Cicilline for his financial stewardship of Providence. Cicilline was the mayor for eight years before being sent to Washington in 2010.
Cicilline criticized Republicans in Congress for efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to weaken Medicare. He said that, if elected, Doherty would vote for the GOP leadership in Washington.
Also Tuesday, Democrat James Langevin won a seventh term in the US House, holding off a challenge from Republican investment adviser Michael Riley in the Second Congressional District.
Langevin beat Riley, who ran television and radio ads that characterized Langevin as a ‘‘shark.’’ During the campaign, Riley argued that he has better ideas for increasing jobs and repairing the economy.
Langevin cited as accomplishments his work to maintain submarine production at Electric Boat and efforts to strengthen job training and cybersecurity.
In another key vote, Rhode Islanders approved a plan to bring casino table games to the Twin River slot machine parlor in Lincoln. The referendum was passing by a more than 3-to-1 margin both statewide and in the town of Lincoln as the final votes were counted.
A second ballot question would authorize table games at the Newport Grand slot parlor. Casino referendums must be approved statewide and in their host communities.