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United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island, 2008

The 2008 congressional elections in Rhode Island were held on November 4, 2008 to determine who will represent Rhode Island in the United States House of Representatives, coinciding with the presidential and senatorial elections. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 3, 2009 until January 3, 2011.

Rhode Island has two seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Its 2007-2008 congressional delegation consisted of two Democrats, both of whom were re-elected in 2008. Thus, no districts changed party. CQ Politics forecasted both districts as "safe" for the incumbent party.


  • Overview 1
  • District 1 2
  • District 2 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island, 2006[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 303,670 69.29% 2
Republican 118,773 27.10% 0
Independents 15,789 3.60% 0
Totals 438,232 100.00% 2

District 1

This district covers the northern and East Bay sections of the state. Democratic incumbent Patrick J. Kennedy, who has represented this seat since 1995, won against Republican nominee Jonathan Scott. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Rhode Islands's 1st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patrick J. Kennedy (inc.) 145,254 68.52
Republican Jonathon P. Scott 51,340 24.22
Independent Kenneth A. Capalbo 15,108 7.13
Write-ins 296 0.14
Total votes 211,998 100.00
Democratic hold

District 2

This district covers the areas roughly south and west of Providence. Democratic incumbent Jim Langevin, who has represented this seat since 2001, won against Republican nominee Mark Zaccaria. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Langevin (inc.) 158,416 70.02
Republican Mark Zaccaria 67,433 29.81
Write-ins 385 0.17
Total votes 226,234 100.00
Democratic hold


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External links

  • Rhode Island Board of Elections
  • U.S. Congress candidates for Rhode Island at Project Vote Smart
  • Rhode Island U.S. House Races from 2008 Race Tracker
  • Campaign contributions for Rhode Island congressional races from
Preceded by
2006 elections
United States House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island
Succeeded by
2010 elections
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