2 RI Democrats Keep House Seats; New Casino, Ethics Rules Approved

Two Democratic lawmakers in Rhode Island will hold onto their seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District and Rep. Jim Langevin of the state's 2nd Congressional District were both up for reelection Tuesday.

Cicilline faced competition from Republican Russell Taub, a 2015 Johnson and Wales graduate running on a platform focusing on job reform, Second Amendment protection and making changes to the Affordable Care Act, while also noting the importance of diversity.

Republican Rhue Reis, meanwhile, is running against Langevin. Some key issues on Reis' website include curbing undocumented immigration, fighting terrorism and improving treatment of veterans. He supports gay rights and while he is critical of abortion, he says he respects the legal rights of women to make that choice.

The Associated Press called both races in favor of the incumbent Democrats.

Voters in Rhode Island have also approved Question 1, allowing a new casino to open in Tiverton, on the Massachusetts border. Question 2, which allows the state's ethics commission to investigate state lawmakers, also passed.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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