Dem poll shows Cicilline up after primary win

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), fresh off Tuesday's primary win, leads Republican challenger Brendan Doherty in a new poll conducted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Cicilline leads Doherty by 49 to 43 percent, according to a poll conducted earlier this week that was provided to The Hill.

Publicly released partisan polls tend to skew a bit in favor of their candidates, and even if this poll is spot-on it indicates Cicilline is in for a tough fall campaign despite the heavy Democratic lean of the district.

President Obama would have won 67 percent of the district's vote in 2008, making it one of the most Democratic in the country, but Cicilline's approval ratings are in the dumps because of criticism over how he handled Providence's finances while he was mayor. Republicans have promised to make the race a top target.

On Tuesday, Cicilline easily beat Anthony Gemma (D) to win renomination with more than 60 percent of the vote. Gemma was less than a serious challenger, and the fact that the race was competitive at all showed how much of a drag Providence's financial situation is on Cicilline's campaign.

The poll of 578 likely voters was conducted on Monday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.