Seth Magaziner, de general treasurer of Rhode Island, won a packed Democratic congressional primary in the state on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, and now heads to what is one of the most competitive general election on the New England House map.
Mr. Magaziner will face Allan Fung, the former mayor of Cranston, RI, who would become the Secretary of State. first Asian American member of Congress. The seat, which represents Rhode Island’s second district, was opened after Representative Jim Langevin, a Democrat who has held him since 2001, decided against stand for re-election. Mr Langevin endorsed Mr. Magaziner, who? also received the approval of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.
mr. Magaziner initially ran for governor but switched to the congressional race after Mr. Langevin announced his retirement.
Mr Magaziner was chosen first as general treasurer in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. He runs a message that includes support for abortion rights and clean energy and for lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and he has highlighted opposition to the “Trump agenda.” The super PAC affiliated with the League of Conservation Voters advertised on his behalf.
mr. Magaziner defeated candidates including Sarah Morgenthau, who served? in the Obama and Biden administrations. She is part of a prominent political family, which includes her grandfather, Henry Morgenthau Jr., who was the Secretary of the Treasury to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, among several other notable names.
Like Mr. Magaziner, she spent a lot of money on the air. She had emphasized the historic potential of her candidacy, notice in advertising that the state “never sent a Democratic woman to Congress”.
Mr. Magaziner also defeated David Segal, a progressive activist and former state representative who: was approved by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
mr. Magaziner is the son of Ira Magaziner, a veteran of the Clinton job. He recently moved from a home in Providence in the First District to a new location in nearby Cranston, RI, in the Second.
The district, which includes much of the southern and western parts of the state, appears highly democratic, but poll this summer — performed before the Supreme Court overthrows Roe v. Wade — Mr. Fung, who has positioned himself as a middle ground pragmatist, ahead of all his potential Democratic opponents.
The political climate has changed dramatically since that poll, and Mr. Magaziner has indicated that he plans to try to tie Mr. Fung to national Republicans and portray him as too conservative for the district.
Mr. Fung twice lost the governor races to Gina Raimondo, who is now the US Secretary of Commerce. But Republicans hope the game will remain competitive this year in an environment that has improved for Democrats, even if they still face significant headwinds.