2018 United States Senate election in Rhode Island

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United States Senate election in Rhode Island, 2018

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Nominee Sheldon Whitehouse Robert Flanders
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 231,477 144,421
Percentage 61.4% 38.3%

Blue: Whitehouse (D); Red: Flanders (R)
Results by municipality

U.S. Senator before election

Sheldon Whitehouse
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Sheldon Whitehouse
Democratic

The 2018 United States Senate election in Rhode Island took place on November 6, 2018, in order to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the state of Rhode Island. Incumbent Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse was reelected to a third term, defeating Republican challenger Robert Flanders by a margin of twenty-three percent.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominated[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

  • Patty Joy Fontes, progressive activist

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheldon Whitehouse (incumbent) 89,140 76.8
Democratic Patricia J. Fontes 26,947 23.2
Total votes 116,087 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominated[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Robert Flanders
Organizations
  • Rhode Island Coalition for Israel[8]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert G. Flanders Jr. 26,543 87.7
Republican Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente 3,722 12.3
Total votes 30,265 100.0

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[9] Solid D September 28, 2018
Inside Elections[10] Solid D September 29, 2017
Sabato's Crystal Ball[11] Safe D September 27, 2017
Fox News[12] Likely D^ July 9, 2018
CNN[13] Solid D July 12, 2018
RealClearPolitics[14] Safe D June 2018

^Highest rating given

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Sheldon
Whitehouse (D)
Robert
Flanders (R)
Other Undecided
Fleming & Associates October 20–24, 2018 416 ± 4.8% 55% 36% 7%
SocialSphere October 5–9, 2018 502 56% 32% 12%
University of New Hampshire September 27 – October 6, 2018 503 ± 4.4% 57% 33% 3% 6%
Fleming & Associates September 14–17, 2018 420 ± 4.8% 54% 35% 10%
SocialSphere May 30 – June 4, 2018 501 54% 32% 14%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Rhode Island, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sheldon Whitehouse (incumbent) 231,477 61.45% -3.36%
Republican Robert Flanders 144,421 38.33% +3.36%
n/a Write-ins 840 0.22% 0.00%
Total votes 376,738 100.0% N/A
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gregg, Katherine (December 22, 2016). "Sen. Whitehouse: 'Plenty of opportunity for us to have fights with the president'". The Providence Journal. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Kalunian, Kim; Towne, Shaun; Nesi, Ted (April 25, 2018). "Chafee will 'very likely' challenge Whitehouse for US Senate". WPRI-TV. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Donnis, Ian (May 29, 2018). "Chafee Decides Against U.S. Senate Run In 2018". Rhode Island Public Radio. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Gregg, Katherine (November 16, 2017). "Former Supreme Court Justice Flanders announces run for U.S. Senate". The Providence Journal.
  5. ^ https://upriseri.com/news/elections/elections-2018/2018-07-24-ri-boe/
  6. ^ Gregg, Katherine (May 15, 2017). "GOP's Nardolillo declares for U.S. Senate". The Providence Journal. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Amaral, Brian (June 28, 2018). "R.I. Rep. Nardolillo drops out of U.S. Senate race". The Providence Journal. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "RI Coalition for Israel Endorses Flanders for Senate". GoLocalProv. September 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 Senate Race Ratings". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "2018 Senate Ratings". The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "2018 Crystal Ball Senate race ratings". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "2018 Senate Power Rankings". Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Key Races: Senate". Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Battle for the Senate 2018". Retrieved July 15, 2018.

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites