By Ian Donnis
Providence, R.I. – Congressman James Langevin has a big fundraising advantage as he begins his reelection campaign.
Langevin has outraised his Democratic and Republican rivals by a better than three-to-one margin. Langevin's most recent filing with the federal election commission shows a campaign balance of almost $420,000. His next closest competitor, fellow Democrat Betsy Dennigan, reported a $138,000 balance.
Republican Bill Clegg has compiled a $110,000 war chest, while fellow Republican Mark Zaccaria had almost $53,000 in cash on hand. Another Republican, Michael Gardiner, has not raised enough money to need to file a federal report.
Langevin announced his campaign for a sixth term at a job training center at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. Voters will choose the final Democratic and Republican candidates in the second congressional district during a primary on September 14.