Rhode Island House
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2020 Election Update
Heading into the 2020 election, Democrats controlled the Rhode Island House 66 to 8 to 1. Democrats flipped one seat (HD 46) and lost two seats to Republicans (HD 15 and HD 26) for a net loss of one seat. Democrats now control the chamber 65 to 10.
The below table shows 2020 and 2018 election results for the Rhode Island House. The LDI scores are for the 2020 cycle. EveryDistrict will release new scores and district rankings after the redistricting process.
2018 Election Update
After the 2016 election, Democrats controlled the Rhode Island State House 64-10-1. In November 2016, Independent Blake Filippi switched his party affiliation to Republican, changing the balance of power to 64-11.
In the 2018 election, Democrats flipped four seats and lost two seats for a net gain of two seats. Democrats now control the chamber 66-9.
Democrats flipped HD 16, HD 26, HD 30, and HD 72. Democrats lost HD 46 and HD 47.
In June 2020, John Lyle, Jr. (HD 46) changed his party affiliation from Republican to Independent, giving Democrats a 66-8-1 majority.
Understanding the Map
EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) is the gold standard of state legislative competitiveness. Our LDI ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).
After the 2018 election, EveryDistrict reviewed and enhanced our LDI system, improving the accuracy of the metric with new methodologies and the most recent electoral data.
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