By Tim White
Democratic Congressman David Cicilline was taking nothing for granted on Election Day as he faces the toughest fight of his political career against Republican Brendan Doherty in Rhode Island’s 1st District.
At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Cicilline was stumping alongside Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts at the Hampden Meadows school polling place in Barrington, a city he lost by just 36 votes in 2010. “I’m determined to win it!” the Democrat declared. He’d just come from Bristol, an East Bay community he won by a comfortable 544 votes two years ago.
Cicilline said his campaign’s get-out-the-vote efforts Tuesday are focused on Democratic strongholds such as Woonsocket, Providence, East Providence, Central Falls and Newport, though he emphasized that he wants to win votes everything he can.
The congressman said he was heading next to Cumberland – Doherty’s hometown – and North Providence, where he planned to meet up with U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, whose re-election campaign team has given significant assistance to Cicilline’s. The polls close at 8 p.m.
Ted Nesi contributed to this report.
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Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story misstated when the polls close.