Democrat Seth Magaziner wins US House seat in Rhode Island


PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) — State Treasurer Seth Magaziner has won the Rhode Island congressional seat vacated by longtime U.S. Representative Jim Langevin, keeping it in Democratic control.

PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) — State Treasurer Seth Magaziner has won the Rhode Island congressional seat vacated by longtime U.S. Representative Jim Langevin, keeping it in Democratic control.

Magaziner defeated Republican Allan Fung, former mayor of Cranston, in Tuesday’s general election. National Republican leaders had hoped to swing the state’s 2nd congressional district under GOP control for the first time since 1991.

Langevin, a Democrat retiring after two decades of representing the district, had endorsed Magaziner to replace him in the crowded Democratic primary.

In his victory speech, Magaziner told his campaign staff, volunteers and supporters that “every pundit thought we were going to lose, but you never stopped believing.”

“To the people of Rhode Island, thank you for trusting me,” he said. “You have my pledge that I will fight hard for our state. I will fight to make it easier for workers to move forward. I will fight to bring Rhode Island values ​​to Washington.

Magaziner also praised Fung for a “hard-fought campaign” and thanked him for his career in public service.

Magaziner has served as state treasurer since 2015. He is the son of former Clinton administration policy adviser Ira Magaziner. He said he would protect Social Security and Medicare, fight any attempt to roll back women’s rights, work to lower the cost of health care and turn “the page on Trumpism.” He said the stakes are high as the two sides jostle for control of the chamber.

Magaziner and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Fung would align himself with Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy and far-right Republicans who seek to ban abortion nationwide and cut Social Security and health care. Health Insurance. The campaign said Fung’s commitment to McCarthy would pave the way for Donald Trump’s return.

McCarthy traveled to Rhode Island to raise funds for Fung and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited to show his support. Fung said he was a moderate Republican, similar to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, not an extremist or a “Trumper.” The Republican National Congressional Committee referred to Magaziner as “Seth’s silver spoon” and attempted to cast him as an insider entrusted with everything in his life.

Fung campaigned on how he brought new business to Cranston when he was mayor from 2009 to 2021, created jobs and improved schools. He said he would tackle inflation by limiting unnecessary spending and work on energy solutions that would reduce heating bills, lower gas prices and integrate renewable energy. It has been endorsed by business groups and law enforcement agencies.

Fung said in his concession speech that he and his supporters knew the campaign would be “an uphill battle”, that “making history would not be easy”.

“Although we have not accomplished our common mission tonight, know that I will continue to work in every way possible to improve our state for all of you and for generations to come,” he said.

Magaziner, meanwhile, highlighted his successes as treasurer during the campaign, including the strong financial performance of the state pension. It has been endorsed by gun safety groups, the RI AFL-CIO and other major unions. He said he would support banning members of Congress from trading individual stocks and that he would support term limits for members of Congress.

Also on Tuesday, voters elected Democratic Governor Dan McKee to his first full term. The former lieutenant governor was a heavy favorite against Republican Ashley Kalus. He became the state’s chief executive in March 2021 when two-term governor Gina Raimondo was named U.S. secretary of commerce.

Jennifer Mcdermott, Associated Press


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