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2002 United States Senate election in Rhode Island

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United States Senate election in Rhode Island, 2002

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Nominee Jack Reed Robert Tingle
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 253,922 69,881
Percentage 78.4% 21.6%

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County results
Reed:      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. Senator before election

Jack Reed

Elected U.S. Senator

Jack Reed

The 2002 United States Senate election in Rhode Island took place on November 4, 2002. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Jack Reed won re-election to a second term. Reed's best performance was in Providence County, where he won with over 80% of the vote.

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Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jack Reed (incumbent) 85,315 100.00%
Total votes 85,315 100.00%

Republican primary


  • Robert Tingle, casino pit boss and nominee for RI-02 in 2000[2]


Republican Party primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Tingle 16,041 100.00%
Total votes 16,041 100.00%

General election


  • Jack Reed (D), incumbent U.S. Senator
  • Robert Tingle (R), casino pit boss and nominee for RI-02 in 2000


Reed was an extremely popular senator who got token opposition in the general election. A May Brown University poll showed the incumbent with a 73% approval rating, higher than any other elected lawmaker in the state.[4] In June 2002, Tingle announced his candidacy.[5] Tingle described himself as a working man with a family, while Reed is single and a veteran politician.[6] In an October poll, Reed was up 61% to 14%.[7]


General election results[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jack Reed (incumbent) 253,922 78.43% +15.12%
Republican Robert Tingle 69,881 21.57% -13.38%
Majority 183,966 56.85% +28.50%
Turnout 323,582
Democratic hold Swing


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  2. ^ "Candidate From Casino Knows Odds". July 2, 2008. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "With apathy his opponent, Reed kicks off campaign". Providence Journal. May 20, 2002.
  5. ^ "Republican Tingle declares Senate bid to unseat Reed". Providence Journal. June 7, 2002.
  6. ^ "Reed running hard to retain his seat in the U.S. Senate". Providence Journal. October 29, 2002.
  7. ^ "The poll: Rhode Island politics, Iraq". Providence Journal. October 23, 2002.
  8. ^
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