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At 49, Langevin is the youngest member of the delegation and he is not expected to retire anytime soon. Still, if that seat opened, it is the more competitive of the two districts. Rhode Island Republicans say state Senate Deputy Minority Leader Dawson T. Hodgson, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung are on the bench in this area.
If any cycle proved just how difficult the 1st District is for Republicans, it was 2012. Cicilline, then a freshman, faced a legitimate race thanks in part to revelations of Providence’s financial issues stemming from his time as mayor.
“You’re never going get a worse incumbent situation than Cicilline,” one Rhode Island Republican said.
Republicans fielded a top recruit, Doherty, and invested heavily in the race. But Cicilline coasted to re-election. If that seat opened up, potential Democratic contenders include Pell, Magaziner and state Reps. Chris Blazejewski and Patrick O’Neill. Republicans say that in an open-seat race, state House Minority Leader Brian C. Newberry has a shot at the seat.
Operatives in the state mentioned another up-and-comer, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. He was appointed by President Barack Obama, but his political affiliation remains a mystery.
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