Lancia drops out of Congressional race, leaves Fung as GOP’s candidate

Bob Lancia
Bob Lancia (Lancia campaign)

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — The 2020 Republican nominee for Rhode Island’s Congressional District 2 seat is bowing out of the 2022 race.

Bob Lancia made the announcement just an hour before the Rhode Island Republican Party was scheduled to gather to endorse their candidates for the 2022 election.

“I have made the hardest decision of my life and decided that this time in history is not right the right time for me, therefore, I will not be continuing my campaign for the Rhode Island Congressional District 2 seat,” Lancia said in statement.

Lancia challenged outgoing Congressman Jim Langevin in 2020 and was defeated on 58-42 margin.

The former state representative said he will continue to be active in politics and will help to elect Republicans in the upcoming election.

“The past three years running for the Rhode Island Congressional District 2 office has truly been an honor and such a pleasure meeting so many Rhode Islanders in my efforts to be an effective voice for the people,” he added.

With Lancia bowing out, that leaves former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung as the Republicans’ choice to challenge for the open Congress seat.

“Mayor Fung is grateful for former Representative Lancia’s efforts over the years to make Rhode Island a better place.  He knows that Bob and his wife Maryann’s tireless work for veterans and conservative values does not end with his withdrawal from the race today,” Fung’s campaign said in a statement.

According to a poll this week, Fung was leading Lancia on a 67 to 15 clip.

The poll also had Fung leading all Democratic candidates, with the closest opponent to the former mayor being General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. The poll had Fung ahead of Magaziner on a 45 to 39 margin.

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