PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Election Day is shaping up to be an important one in the Ocean State, with two House seats and a Senate seat on the ballot, along with a pair of questions that could change the state's gambling future.
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The most hotly-contested race is for the Congressional District 1 House seat, where incumbent Congressman David Cicilline is facing off against challenger Brendan Doherty.
Doherty is looking to unseat Cicilline and become the first Republican in that position in more than two decades.
"This race is going to come down to, I really think, on turnout: Which candidate can really get their votes out in their strength areas," said Eyewitness News Political Analyst Joe Fleming. "We don't see a lot of really tight races like this, and this is something interesting for this district."
As for District 2, Congressman Jim Langevin is seeking a seventh term against newcomer Michael Riley.
"Mr. Langevin has a large lead, I don't know if Mr. Riley's given the voters enough reasons not to vote for Mr. Langevin at this point," said Fleming. "However, the key thing there is simply the Independent voters are basically divided at this point."
Rhode Island voters will asked to choose between incumbent Congressman Sheldon Whitehouse and another newcomer, Republican Barry Hinckley.
"Polling shows that Senator Whitehouse has been holding a comfortable lead in that race, but Mr. Hinckley has been much more aggressive in the last couple of weeks, so he may have made some inroads in this race at this time," Fleming added.
Voters will also be faced with seven ballot questions on Tuesday, two of which would expand gambling at Twin River and Newport Grand.
Fleming also tells us he expects a relatively good turnout on Election Day, with about 60 percent of voters heading to the polls.
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