It is not unusual for Rhode Island, the biggest little blue state in the Union, to send Republicans to Congress.

When I was a reporter in Providence, Rhode Island in the 1990s, Republicans Claudine Schneider and Ronald M. Machtley represented the Ocean State in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican John Chaffee served in the U.S. Senate for years.

In recent times, Democrats have dominated Rhode Island's tiny congressional delegation. Currently, Jim Langevin and David Cicilline represent Ocean Staters in the House, and Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed hold court in the Senate – but the tide may be turning in Rhode Island.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) And Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Discuss Trump's Meeting With Putin In Helsinki
Getty Images
loading...

Congressman Langevin is retiring, and there are six Democrats vying for his House seat this fall. But a recent Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of Rhode Islanders indicates Republican Allan Fung has a fairly comfortable six-point lead, 45 percent to 39 percent, over Democrat frontrunner Seth Magaziner. The poll says 17 percent of voters are undecided.

Get our free mobile app

Fung's chances are boosted by 82 percent of voters who say Rhode Island's economy is either fair or poor. Nine out of 10 undecided voters in the congressional race describe the economy as fair or poor.

Poll Suggests Rhode Island Congressional Seat Could Flip Red
Barry Richard/Townsquare Media
loading...

The poll shows Joe Biden with a 39 percent approval rating in Rhode Island, with 53 percent of voters disapproving. The poll shows that 69 percent of Rhode Islanders would prefer Biden not seek a second term in 2024. Dissatisfaction with the way things are going in the country can also benefit Fung.

The fact that Fung was a popular Mayor of Cranston for 12 years gives him a great deal of name recognition that Magaziner doesn't have.

20 Stars Who Hail From Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the nation, but it has been home to many celebrities. Though some have moved here, filmed here or attended school here, only a handful were actually born here. These are those celebrities.

Unique Houseboats for Rent in Rhode Island

Why stay by the water when you can stay on the water? Renting a house or a room by the water makes for an amazing vacation, but why not take it up a notch this summer with a stay aboard a local houseboat? Turns out there are lots of floating rentals around and we've got some photos of the most interesting ones that are also closest to home.