September 24, 2010 at 5:47 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Cicilline leads GOP opponent by double-digits: poll

David Cicilline (photo courtesy Cicilline campaign)

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.

According to the memo, dated Sept. 22 and published by the Feldman Group, Cicilline’s lead climbs to 59 percent while 34 percent of respondents continue to support Loughlin after voters hear messages on behalf of both candidates.


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.”

According to the memo, the poll was conducted Sept. 18 between Sept. 20 and respondents consisted of 500 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
Download a copy of the polling memo here.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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