Former White House aide Gabe Amo won the crowded special election Democratic primary for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, The Associated Press projected Tuesday.
Amo, a former staffer in the Obama and Biden administrations, will go up against political newcomer Gerry Leonard (R) in November to replace Rep. David Cicilline (D), who resigned from his office in June to enter the private sector.
Amo took about 32 percent of votes in the primary, as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, besting state Sen. Sandra Cano, former state Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos.
Amo was most recently the deputy director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Biden administration and an advisor to President Biden before leaving that post to run for Congress. He worked in the same office during the Obama administration before a stint as an aide to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D).