Poll: Rep. Cicilline could lose primary

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is in serious danger of losing his primary, according to a new poll from WPRI.

Cicilline leads opponent Anthony Gemma by a narrow 40 to 36 percent, according to the poll. He has come under scrutiny for his tenure as mayor of Providence, which left the city in terrible financial shape.

This is the second time the two have faced off: Cicilline beat Gemma in a four-way primary with 37 percent of the vote last election. National Democrats might be quietly rooting for Gemma to win — if he does, the seat is likely safely Democratic, while many on both sides of the aisle say Cicilline could lose the general election to Republican Brendan Doherty.

The poll of 302 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted last Tuesday through Saturday by Fleming & Associates and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.7 percentage points.