The Green Papers: Rhode Island 2020 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 8 September 2020
✓ General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Wednesday 24 June 2020 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Friday 10 July 2020 - Filing Deadline - Submit nomination papers (signatures).
Friday 4 September 2020 - Filing Deadline - President.
Tuesday 8 September 2020 - Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC). Most polls are open at 7am. However, polls may open as late as 9am by location.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - General Election. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-8:00p EST (1200-0100 UTC). Most polls are open at 7am. However, polls may open as late as 9am by location.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
2022-2030 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)
2010 Census:1,055,247 (0.34% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:4(0.74% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)
Capital:Providence
 

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Rhode Island 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


15 March 2020: Due to the COVID-19 virus, election officials have reminded voters that they may vote by absentee ballot.

There is no primary when fewer than 2 candidates from a political party qualify for the ballot.


Upcoming Elections and 2020 Election Dates from the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Candidate Filings from the Rhode Island Board of Elections.


8 September 2020: Primary results and results from media sources.

8 September 2020: Primary returns from the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

3 November 2020: returns from the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 4 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2020
 Candidate list (6, 52 write-ins)
  Elected Democratic 307,486 59.22% former Vice President Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.
for Vice President: California Senator Kamala D. Harris
(4 Electoral Votes)
FEC P80000722; 23 Nov 20; Tot $1,064,613,463; Dsb $1,063,053,521
  Candidate Republican 199,922 38.51% President Donald John Trump
for Vice President: Vice President Michael R. "Mike" Pence
FEC P80001571; 23 Nov 20; Tot $717,303,371; Dsb $718,174,436
  Candidate Libertarian 5,053 0.97% Jo Jorgensen
for Vice President: Jeremy "Spike" Cohen
FEC P00013524; 23 Nov 20; Tot $3,405,357; Dsb $3,373,521
  Candidate Scattering 2,759 0.53% WRITE-IN
  Candidate Alliance Party 923 0.18% Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, Jr.
for Vice President: Darcy G. Richardson
FEC P60016342; 23 Nov 20; Tot $14,220,189; Dsb $14,208,041
  Candidate Socialism and Liberation 847 0.16% Gloria Estela La Riva
for Vice President: Sunil Freeman
FEC P80005572; 23 Nov 20; Tot $43,674; Dsb $39,726
  Candidate American Solidarity 767 0.15% Brian T. Carroll
for Vice President: Amar Patel
FEC P00013771
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 204 0.04% Senator  Bernard "Bernie" Sanders
FEC P60007168
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 174 0.03% Howie Gresham Hawkins
FEC P00012211
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 131 0.03% Kanye "Deez Nutz" West
FEC P00016741
  Candidate Write-in 122 0.02% Blanks
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 109 0.02% former Massachusetts Governor Willard "Mitt" Romney
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 62 0.01% Member of Congress  Tulsi Gabbard
FEC P00009183
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 48 0.01% Andrew Yang
FEC P00006486
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 46 0.01% John Richard Kasich, Jr.
  Candidate Write-in 41 0.01% None of the above, no, none, nobody
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 37 0.01% former South Carolina Governor Nimrata Randhawa "Nikki" Haley
  Candidate Write-in 35 0.01% Mickey Mouse
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 28 0.01% former South Bend Mayor  Peter Paul Montgomery "Pete" Buttigieg
FEC P00010298
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 28 0.01% Vice President Michael Richard "Mike" Pence
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 19 0.00% Rhode Island Governor Gina Marie Raimondo
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 18 0.00% Condoleeza "Condi" Rice
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 17 0.00% former New York City Mayor Michael Rubens "Mike" Bloomberg
FEC P00014530
  Candidate Write-in 16 0.00% Kyle Bill
  Candidate Write-in 16 0.00% former Texas Senator Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruise (Cruz)
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 16 0.00% Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo
  Candidate Write-in 14 0.00% Anyone else, anyone, anyone but, someone else
  Candidate Write-in 14 0.00% former Governor of Massachusetts Charles D. "Charlie" Baker, Jr.
  Candidate Write-in 14 0.00% Tom Brady
  Candidate Write-in 13 0.00% M B
  Candidate Write-in 13 0.00% Anthony Fauci
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 12 0.00% former First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
  Candidate Write-in 12 0.00% U.S. Senator  Marco Rubio
  Candidate Write-in; (Libertarian) 12 0.00% Vermin Love Supreme
FEC P00012492
  Candidate Write-in 11 0.00% former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura
  Candidate Write-in 10 0.00% Dwayne Johnson
  Candidate Write-in 9 0.00% Texas Member of Congress Daniel "Dan" Crenshaw
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 9 0.00% William Floyd "Bill" Weld
FEC P00011239
  Candidate Write-in 8 0.00% former Florida Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush
  Candidate Write-in 8 0.00% Jesus / God
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 8 0.00% former President Barack Hussein Obama
  Candidate Write-in 8 0.00% Oprah Winfrey
  Candidate Write-in 7 0.00% Colin Powell
  Candidate Write-in 7 0.00% Joe Rogan
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 7 0.00% Senator  Elizabeth Ann Warren
FEC P00009621
  Candidate Write-in 6 0.00% Abraham Lincoln
former President
  Candidate Write-in 6 0.00% William "Bill" Belichick
  Candidate Write-in 6 0.00% former President George W. Bush
  Candidate Write-in; (Libertarian) 6 0.00% former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Davenport Chafee
FEC P60008075
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 6 0.00% former Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton
  Candidate Write-in 6 0.00% Mark Cuban
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 6 0.00% Brock Jeffrey Pierce
FEC P00016550
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 6 0.00% former President Ronald Wilson Reagan
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 6 0.00% Senator  Benjamin E. "Ben" Sasse
  Candidate Write-in 5 0.00% Abstain
  Candidate Write-in 5 0.00% Against All / Cannot Choose
  Candidate Write-in 5 0.00% Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 5 0.00% South Carolina U.S. Senator Timothy E. "Tim Scott
Total 519,194 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator  Sheldon Whitehouse, II
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2012, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2024
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Senator  Sheldon Whitehouse, II
FEC S6RI00221

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Senator  John F. "Jack" Reed
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2002, 2008, 2014.
Previously served in the U.S. House: First elected: 1990, re-elected: 1992, 1994.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in)
  Elected Democratic 328,574 66.48% Senator  John F. "Jack" Reed
FEC S6RI00163; 23 Nov 20; Tot $2,962,367; Dsb $2,444,188
  Candidate Republican 164,855 33.35% Allen R. Waters
FEC S0RI00067; 23 Nov 20; Tot $29,651; Dsb $21,945
  Candidate Scattering 833 0.17% WRITE-IN
Total 494,262 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor  Gina Marie Raimondo
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At Term Limit

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. "Dan" McKee
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Democratic (2 Renominated)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  David N. Cicilline
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Democratic 158,550 70.83% Member of Congress  David N. Cicilline
FEC H0RI01073; 23 Nov 20; Tot $1,575,687; Dsb $1,653,795
  Candidate Independent; (Republican) 35,457 15.84% Frederick J. Joseph "Fred" Wysocki
FEC H8RI01092; 31 Dec 20; Tot $13,067; Dsb $13,398
  Candidate Independent 28,300 12.64% Jeffrey Edward Lemire
FEC H6RI01138
  Candidate Scattering 1,553 0.69% WRITE-IN
Total 223,860 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  James R. "Jim" Langevin
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2000
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Democratic 154,086 58.24% Member of Congress  James R. "Jim" Langevin
FEC H0RI02139; 23 Nov 20; Tot $1,104,268; Dsb $1,390,160
  Candidate Republican 109,894 41.54% former state Representative Robbert B. "Bob" Lancia
FEC H0RI02287; 23 Nov 20; Tot $56,749; Dsb $48,582
  Candidate Scattering 577 0.22% WRITE-IN
Total 264,557 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms

  Democratic Secretary of State  Nellie M. Gorbea
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
The current Secretary of State is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms

  Democratic Attorney General  Peter F. Neronha
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
The current Attorney General is unaffected by the State's term limit.

General Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Democratic General Treasurer  Seth Magaziner
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 9 incumbents, 16 candidates
  Republican: 13 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 3 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Alliance Party (affiliates): 1 candidate
  American Solidarity: 1 candidate
  Justice Party
  Moderate
  Socialism and Liberation: 1 candidate
  Right to Life
Independents
  Independent: 3 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 4 candidates
  Write-in: 51 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Election Authority
  Office of the Secretary of State
  Rhode Island Board of Elections
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  The State of Rhode Island General Assembly
Democratic
  Democratic Party of Rhode Island
Republican
  Rhode Island Republicans
  Rhode Island Republicans
Third Party
  Constitution Party of Rhode Island
  Green Party of Rhode Island
  Green Party of Rhode Island
  Justice Party of Rhode Island
  Libertarian Party of Rhode Island
  Moderate Party of Rhode Island
  Rhode Island Right to Life
Media & others
  Anchor Rising
  College Hill Independent - Brown / RISD - Providence
  East Bay Newspapers
  Inside Politics - Darrell West, Brown University, Providence
  Politics1.com - Rhode Island
  Providence Business News
  Providence Daily Dose
  Rhode Island Public Radio - NPR - Providence
  Rhode Island's Future
  RICentral - Wakefield
  The Pawtucket Times
  The Providence Journal
  The Valley Breeze - Cumberland
  The Westerly Sun
  Warren Times Gazette
  Warwick Beacon
  WHJJ-920 AM (talk radio)-Providence
  WJAR TV - NBC - Providence
  WLNE TV - ABC - Providence
  Woonsocket Call
  WPRI TV - FOX - East Providence
  WPRO AM - Citadel - East Providence

 


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