Providence Mayor David Cicilline survived a bloody four-way Democratic primary Tuesday and becomes the favorite in the race to replace retiring Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D) in Rhode Islands 1st district.With 64 percent of districts reporting, Cicilline had 36 percent of the vote, compared with 22.5 percent for former state Democratic Party Chairman Bill Lynch, 22 percent for businessman Anthony Gemma and 19.5 percent for state Rep. David Segal.Gemma launched a series of attacks against Cicilline in recent days, calling on Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) to force Cicilline out of the race.Gemma also ran a statewide television and radio ad campaign suggesting that Cicilline was the worst mayor in the capital citys history.It remains to be seen whether the primary attacks will haunt the openly gay Cicilline as he faces Republican state Rep. John Loughlin in the general election. It also remains to be seen whether national Republicans will devote any resources to the race, which will not be cheap as Providence is a relatively expensive media market.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.