david-cicilline-0907-lg-230x300A new CQ Politics analysis of the race to represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District calls Providence Mayor David Cicilline “a frontrunner.”

Cicilline, who is openly gay, has outraised his primary opponents significantly and enjoys a base in Providence, the state’s largest city, where he was reelected with 83% of the vote in 2006.

According to CQ:

The 1st district, like the state in general, is heavily Democratic. President Barack Obama carried the multi-ethnic and demographically diverse district with 65 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential race. The east side of Providence is home to the wealthy, while the south side is considered a poorer neighborhood.

The winner of the Democratic primary will be the clear favorite in the general election.

Learn more about Mayor Cicilline’s campaign here.