Magaziner retains Congressional District 2 for Democrats
CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Treasurer Seth Magaziner won a tight election for Rhode Island’s open 2nd Congressional District versus former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. Magaziner received 50.4% of the vote, and Fung received 46.8%.
“I want to thank you all so much,” Magaziner said in his victory speech at the Graduate Providence Hotel. “I have said from the beginning that this campaign is not about me. This campaign is about fighting for working people and bringing Rhode Island values to Washington, and thanks to you, that is exactly what we are going to do.”
The treasurer also acknowledged that it was a tightly-contested campaign.
“I want to congratulate Allan Fung on a hard-fought campaign, and thank him for his career in public service to Rhode Island,” Magaziner added.
Fung addressed his supporters in a concessions speech at Twin Oaks restaurant.
“We knew this was going to be a hard-fought battle. We knew that making history would not be easy,” Fung said. “And I want to take a moment to congratulate my opponent Seth Magaziner on his victory tonight.”
Fung told his supporters that he still plans to stay involved in achieving their vision for Rhode Island.
“While we didn’t achieve our shared mission tonight, please know that I will continue to work in any capacity I can to make our state better for all of you, and for generations to come,” Fung added.
Magaziner’s win continues the trend of Democrats representing the 2nd Congressional District that first started in 1990.
The seat first became competitive when Rep. Jim Langevin announced his retirement in January. In the months leading up to the election, both Magaziner and Fung saw an influx of support from outside groups and national figures.
Moderate party candidate, William Gilbert, earned 2.7% of the vote.
The last Republican to represent the district, former Congresswoman Claudine Schneider, endorsed Magaziner in September. Alongside Schneider’s endorsement, the rest of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, all Democrats, threw their support behind Magaziner.
Magaziner will begin his term when the 118th Congress starts in January.