A gay Rhode Island Democrat seeking election to a U.S. House seat this fall is maintaining a double-digit lead against his Republican opponent, according to a recent polling memo obtained by the Blade.
The memo shows David Cicilline, the out mayor of Providence, R.I., leads his GOP opponent John Loughlin, a Rhode Island State House member, by a margin of 53 percent to 38 percent.
The memo says Loughlin’s campaign attacks on Cicilline “fall flat” and that only 40 percent of voters in Rhode Island’s 1st congresional district are more likely to support the Republican candidate based on criticisms already made against the Providence mayor.
“Overall, Cicilline is a well-known and well-liked public figure, running in a traditionally Democratic district,” the memo states. “He is the overwhelming favorite in this race.”